Workplace Violence in Finnish Emergency Departments

  • Johanna PulkkinenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 876)


Violent behavior against nurses has increased globally, especially against emergency department nurses, who face more violence than other nurses do. Previous studies have estimated that from 60 to 90% of the nurses face violence at work. This study aims to chart the present situation of work-related violence in Finnish emergency departments. Six Finnish public emergency departments participated in the study, and the data for this paper was collected through semi-structured interviews and questionnaire. According to the questionnaire results, 40% of the nurses reported that they face physical violence at work monthly or more often, and 50% of the nurses face verbal abuse monthly or more often. Workplace violence has become commonplace in Finnish emergency departments.


Workplace violence Health care Emergency department Safety Physical violence Nurses 



The author would like to sincerely thank the Finnish Work Environment Fund for the funding of this study, as well as the healthcare districts participating in this study for their contribution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tampere University of Technology, Industrial and Information ManagementTampereFinland

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