Of the medical professionals, nurses suffer the largest number and the highest rate
of non-fatal workplace violence. Healthcare patients are the source of more than
half of nonfatal workplace assaults, with current and former co-workers accounting
for 8%. Mental health and emergency departments are typically the most noted areas
for violence; however, all departments in healthcare settings are at risk.
From 'Occupational Health and Safety,' by Susan Wilburn,
On-Line Course Trains Nurses on Preventing Workplace Violence
A new free on-line course aims to train nurses on recognizing and preventing workplace violence. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) worked with healthcare stakeholders, including nursing and labor organizations, academic groups, other government agencies, and Vida Health Communications, Inc. to develop the course. The multi-media training incorporates lesson text, videos depicting workplace violence incidents, testimonials from real nurses, and lesson quizzes. Nurses can also receive continuing education credits for completing the online course.
On average, over the last decade, U.S. healthcare workers have accounted for two-thirds of the nonfatal workplace violence injuries involving days away from work across all industries. These workers face the risk of both physical violence and non-physical violence, such as verbal abuse, on the job. NIOSH and partners found through their work that there is a lack of workplace violence prevention training being offered to nurses and other healthcare workers. This new on-line course helps to fill this gap by providing a convenient, free way for nurses, as well as other healthcare workers, to gain this training and earn continuing education units.
The course is available on the NIOSH website at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/training_nurses.html. For more information about NIOSH’s research and recommendations on workplace violence, visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/violence/.
NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. For more information about their work visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/.
WSNA Online Continuing Education
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WSNA Position Paper on Workplace Violence
On the Web
NIOSH page on Workplace Violence
for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Service Workers (PDF)
State Rules and Statutes on Violence Prevention in the Health Care Setting