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Citation

Rahmqvist J, Benzein E, Erlingsson C. Int. Emerg. Nurs. 2018; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Affiliation

Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Linnaeus University, SE-391 82 Kalmar, Sweden. Electronic address: christen.erlingsson@lnu.se.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.ienj.2018.10.007

PMID

30392921

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Interpersonal violence causes illness and suffering for victims and their family members. Emergency nurses are often given responsibility for forensic patients and their family members, but there is limited knowledge of their experiences regarding this task. This study aimed to describe nurses' experiences when caring for victims of violence and their family members in the emergency department.

METHODS: Individual interviews were conducted with twelve nurses from seven emergency departments. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: The analysis resulted in the theme: a challenge to create a caring encounter. Hindering factors comprising this challenge are described under four categories: struggling to intervene and talk about violence; contradictions when caring for family members; being helped by forensic guidelines but needing more knowledge; and dealing with one's own strong emotions towards violence.

DISCUSSION: Creating a caring encounter is perceived as a prerequisite to providing forensic care. Nurses often felt hindered to act and forensic issues were left unaddressed. Family members are offered little or no support in the aftermath of violence. The hindering factors must be overcome to ensure forensic care for victims of all types of violence.

Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Language: en

Keywords

Emergency; Experiences; Family; Forensic care; Nursing; Victims of violence

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