Form A Committee
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.
It's day 4 of the challenge. Today's tip is form a committee. Nurses are already stretched for time and overextended. Management should be responsible for creating a committee dedicated to preventing violence. It’s important to ensure all levels of staff are represented, including management and frontline nurses. If your organization does not have a task force or committee in place, consider taking steps to start one right away.
What violence prevention initiatives or programs does your organization have in place? Let us know in our discussion or Facebook group or reply to us @healthynurseUSA.
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