Prevent Violence From The Start.
Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are unacceptable. Nurses and their employers must work together to combat this dangerous problem.
ANA’s Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence Position Statement explains that employer commitment is the foundation of an effective workplace violence prevention program. As we start the #EndNurseAbuse challenge we focus on what employers can do to prevent nurses from experiencing violence. The suggested tips this week are intended to help foster discussion on the broader topic on how employers can make their organizations a safer place for nurses.
Today's tip is prevent violence from the start. It is crucial that HR department screen all job applicants and conduct thorough background checks before making hiring decisions. Make sure that prior bullying complaints against the applicant or any violent incidents the applicant was involved in raise a red flag and get thoroughly investigated. How can organizations improve the process to screen applicants? Let us know what you think in our discussion or Facebook group or reply to us @healthynurseUSA.
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