It's day 7 of the Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to stay safe.
When we think of violence against nurses, patients or the patients’ relatives are often the usual suspects. However, lateral violence between nurses is also an issue.
Have you experienced or seen it happen in your workplace? Share your stories with us in our discussion or in our Facebook group and learn more about ANA's #EndNurseAbuse campaign here.
Remember to protect yourself at work with these strategies:
- Ask for assistance if you feel uncomfortable around a patient or their visitors.
- Avoid facing your back to your patient or their visitors.
- Make sure you are close to a doorway, in case you need to exit quickly.
- Ensure access to a panic button or a way to call for help in the event of an emergency.
- Understand what resources you need. If you’re afraid to address an incident, take time to understand why and then make the request to your supervisor or Human Resources representative.
Hospitals also need to make nurse safety a priority by:
- Ensuring all parts of the hospital are well-lit, safe, and secure
- Having adequate staff so nurses can receive assistance when needed
- Taking reports of violence seriously and investigating them
- Providing mandatory staff training, policies, and procedures for violence prevention
- Implementing a zero-tolerance policy for violence of any kind
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