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International Nursing Science Conference

August 21-23, 2023 | London, UK

August 21 -23, 2023 | London, UK
Nursing Science 2023

Hila Ariela Dafny

Hila Ariela Dafny, Speaker at Nurse Conferences
Flinders University, Australia
Title : Nursing students' experience of workplace violence in clinical practice: A qualitative systematic review


Aims: To systematically identify, appraise and synthesise qualitative studies investigating Registered Nurse students' (RNS) experiences of workplace violence (WPV) while on clinical placement. It is expected that the literature review findings will guide the development of targeted programs and policies to address WPV against RNS.
Background: WPV affects RNS during clinical placements as they are vulnerable to violence due to their limited experience and skills to challenge abusive behaviour. RNS are chosen for their scope of practice and the training requirements. RNS reported experiencing WPV mainly from colleagues, staff, teachers, doctors and supervisors, which resulted in leaving nursing practice, impacting students' progression and healthcare systems. This review examines all types of violence RNS face irrespective of the abuser.
Methods: A qualitative systematic review of existing literature was conducted through a comprehensive database search of eight databases MEDLINE, CINAHL, Web of Science, Scopus, Embase, Cochrane Central and ProQuest. Furthermore, reference lists of included studies were searched to identify further research. English language qualitative primary studies of any study design were searched from inception to 6th June 2022 and included if they met the inclusion criteria. Double review process utilised from screening until data synthesis reported according to PRISMA. JBI critical appraisal tools were used to assess the studies, and data extraction utilised JBI QARI tool and screened for credibility and confidence in findings.
Results: A total of 18 studies met the inclusion criteria, and the studies were conducted in nine countries. Five main themes relating to RNS experiences of WPV while on clinical placement were identified, including: ‘Types of workplace violence’, ‘Perpetrators’, ‘Causes’, ‘Consequences’ and ‘Management of workplace violence’.
Conclusions: This qualitative systematic review provides new and significant knowledge in understanding the phenomenon of WPV experienced by RNS while on clinical placement.
Relative to clinical practice: This review highlights the unwillingness of RNS to reach out to instructors or clinical placement leaders in many situations and identifies avenues of support and awareness that are crucial to empower and enabling students to seek support.

Keywords: Nursing, perception, qualitative research, students, workplace bullying, workplace violence.


Hila Ariela Dafny is a senior lecturer (Nursing) and researcher in the College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Flinders University. She teach across a broad range of nursing subjects, including undergraduate, postgraduate and HDR students. And her research experience includes Systematic Review, Umbrella Reviews, Co-design, Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Design, collaborating with researchers and publishing in Q1 Journals. Her research has contributed to the overall body of knowledge on workplace violence within the healthcare sector. It examines nursing students experience of violence perpetrated by patients and visitors and the impact on them, including consequences and management of WPV.