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Striking the balance: addressing the results of supportive work environments on stress and conflict management in emergency care
  1. Vittoria Sorice1,2,
  2. Gerri Mortimore3
  1. 1Emergency Medicine, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK
  2. 2School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health, Psychology and Social Care, University of Derby, Derby, Derbyshire, UK
  3. 3University of Derby, Derby, Derbyshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Vittoria Sorice, Emergency Medicine, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK; vittoria.sorice{at}

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Commentary on: Farghaly Abdelaliem et al The influence of supportive work environment on work‐related stress and conflict management style among emergency care nurses: A descriptive correlational study. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing. 2024;21(1).

Implications for practice and research

  • Organisations should foster supportive work environments for nurses to enable conflict management, mitigate burnout and turnover, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

  • Future research should implement strategies to reduce work-related stress, addressing stressors and their impact on nurse well-being and patient outcomes.


Nurses and midwives, constituting over 50% of the global healthcare workforce, are crucial for high-quality care.1 With a projected decrease of 1.6 million by 2030,1 it is fundamental to develop and support these professionals for optimal healthcare delivery. Stress is a pervasive problem in healthcare, significantly connected to burnout, staff turnover and diminished care quality.2 3 Supportive work environments (SWEs) are pivotal, particularly in high-pressure settings such as emergency care (EC), influencing stress levels and informing conflict …

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