Train Employees To Prevent Violence

b012f13c2d16b79392a9fe9e63dc9703-huge-enWorkplace 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.

It's day 2 of the challenge. Today's tip is train employees to prevent violence. Provide mandatory workplace violence prevention training and ensure all employees attend and are compensated for their time. Some workplaces with increased risks of violence (such as emergency rooms or psychiatric units) should have their own specialized training programs that focus on the specific issues those nurses may face. Does your organization incentivize trainings? Let us know in our discussion or Facebook group or reply to us @healthynurseUSA.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Aug 7, 2018 9:26 AM America/Chicago

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