Be Prepared

It's day 2 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to be prepared. 

There’s no way to guarantee that you will never be the target of violence. But there are actions you can take to better equip yourself should the need arise. Look into taking one or more of these steps today: 

  • Take the CDC’s free course on workplace violence prevention for nurses. 
  • Learn ways to de-escalate violent situations.  
  • Take a self-defense class. 
  • Be familiar with your employer’s safety policies, procedures, and measures.  
  • If an escort is available or offered, use them. 
  • Identify what support is available from your employer following an incident. 
  • Volunteer to participate in a facility-wide committee investigating incidents. 
  • Update your emergency contact document and your will. 
  • Consider implementing a code word for bullying and/or other workplace violence that can be announced when nurses feel they are being threatened. In this way, nurses can alert their colleagues to the issue, but not the general public. 

Which of these actions will you take today? Let us know here, or in our discussionFacebook group, or reply to us on twitter.
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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Aug 14, 2018 9:00 AM America/Chicago

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I need to make a will!
  • Posted Wed 09 Dec 2020 01:16 AM CST
I will take the CDC course as soon as I can.
  • Posted Tue 14 Aug 2018 06:14 PM CDT
I'm going to update my emergency contacts right now and I'm going to take the CDC course as soon as I can. These seem like great tools and I'm going to try to do all of them as I can!
  • Posted Tue 14 Aug 2018 04:20 PM CDT

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