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Nursing issues
Workplace violence influences nurses’ turnover intentions, but only when organisational support and perceived invulnerability are considered
  1. Rebecca Jane Seymour1,
  2. Sarah Jane Charles2
  1. 1 Obstetrics and Gynecology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2 Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, Coventry, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rebecca Jane Seymour, Obstetrics and Gynecology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; seymor{at}

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Commentary on: Cakal H, Keshavarzi S, Ruhani A, Dakhil-Abbasi G. Workplace violence and turnover intentions among nurses: The moderating roles of invulnerability and organizational support- A cross-sectional study. J Clin Nurs 2021; Aug 12.

Implications for practice and research

  • Workplace violence, specifically internal violence, has a significant impact on nurses’ job satisfaction and should be a priority for organisational policy development.

  • Research on how nurses can develop internal strengths to combat workplace violence is needed.


Workplace violence (WPV) is a major area of concern in nursing. This study by Cakal and colleagues1 focuses on nurses and the impact of WPV on turnover intentions during times of high duress. The authors further delineate the types of WPV as internal, exerted by colleagues in the workplace, and external, exerted by patients and/or patients’ companions.2 Another important consideration is that current research suggests external WPV is experienced …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.