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Nursing issues
Coping methods used by emergency department nurses after a workplace violence experience could influence their intention to leave the hospital
  1. Laura Rasero1,
  2. Nicola Ramacciati2,3
  1. 1 Universita degli Studi di Firenze Scuola di Scienze della Salute Umana, Firenze, Italy
  2. 2 Emergency Department, Azienda Ospedaliera di Perugia, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
  3. 3 Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Laura Rasero, Health Sciences Department, University of Florence, Florence 50134, Italy; l.rasero{at}

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Commentary on: Jeong IY, et al. The relationship between intention to leave the hospital and coping methods of emergency nurses after workplace violence. J Clin Nurs 2018;27:1692–701.

Implications for practice and research

  • The complexity of workplace violence (WPV) in healthcare settings requires the development of ‘targeted’ strategies and evidence-based interventions to support nursing staff.

  • The intention to leave the hospital is a frequent consequence of WPV for emergency nurses. Understanding the mechanisms that influence this choice can improve nurse retention.


WPV is a widespread phenomenon that is highly prevalent in the health sector, with emergency care nurses among the most exposed groups. Besides understanding and describing the causes of the problem, researchers’ attention has also focused on the consequences of a WPV experience. Several studies have shown a direct correlation between emergency department (ED) …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.