By Scott Cormier
It can happen anytime, anywhere. Workplace violence isn’t confined to one person, on room or one act. In 2014, a 68 year-old patient pulled a bar from the side of his hospital bed and attacked a team of nurses at a Minnesota hospital. In 2018, a hospital shooting in Chicago — which left two innocent healthcare workers and a law enforcement officer dead — made national headlines and heightened healthcare leaders concerns about violence in the healing environment.
According to a 2016 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 80% of emergency department workers will personally experience violence in their careers. In addition, 100% of emergency room nurses reported verbal assault and 82.1% reported physical assault in the past year.
Workplace violence entails “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site,” according to OSHA. With nearly 2 million American workers reporting that they have been victims of workplace violence each year, the time is now to act against this too-common occurrence.[Read more…] about 10 steps to workplace violence reduction