Violence at Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit
44 nurses ask for immediate help, say they work in a constant state of fear
November 27, 2023
WSNA nurses reach tentative agreement with Virginia Mason
The TA comes after 19 bargaining sessions, an informational picket, and a complaint filed with Labor and Industries over workplace safety.
November 9, 2023
WSNA calls for investigation of workplace violence at Virginia Mason Medical Center
Attacks occurring more frequently than what WSNA has seen at other hospitals
October 26, 2023
Virginia Mason nurses to picket outside hospital Oct. 10
Picket comes after 15 bargaining sessions
October 9, 2023
Essentials for healthcare workplace violence prevention
Explore rising healthcare workplace violence, laws, and safety measures, reflecting on your practice environment, and earn 1.0 CNE contact hours.
May 8, 2023
Honoring our fallen heroes
Stopping to honor the lives of Doug Brant, Jerald Lee Gordon, and all of our lost heroes should also be a reminder to recommit to advancing the honor and respect that all nurses deserve.
January 19, 2023
WSNA heartbroken and outraged at killing of home health nurse Doug Brant
“This cold-blooded killing is an incalculable loss for Doug Brant’s patients, his family, his colleagues, his community, and WSNA. It is also a horrific example of the growing problem of violence against nurses and other healthcare workers.”
December 6, 2022
We are heartbroken
We were heartbroken to learn of the murder of a valued home-health nurse and WSNA member, Doug Brant, on Dec. 1.
December 3, 2022
Tips for nurses to prepare for an active shooter
Maintaining situational awareness, reviewing your facility’s emergency response plans, and participating in trainings and drills can and will make a difference for nurses in the event of an active shooter incident.
October 19, 2022
What does professional activism look like?
Professional activism is the engagement of skilled and competent professionals utilizing strategic campaigning to achieve a goal. In nursing, it is nurses coming together to assess a need and identify the problem, design and implement a plan to address the issue, evaluate that plan, and repeat until the problem is solved.
January 30, 2020
Incident (occurrence) reporting: a cornerstone for safety and quality improvement
Incident reporting is a powerful source of information. When used effectively, it provides a factual description of an adverse event or near miss that supports learning, safety and improved care quality. Most health care entities utilize an electronic incident reporting system to identify opportunities for improvement.
June 4, 2019
Can a nurse walk off the job to protest unsafe working conditions?
As a general matter, the law does not afford employees the right to walk off the job because of unsafe conditions in the workplace. However, a situation may arise in which a nurse is confronted with an immediate choice between not performing an assignment or being subjected to a real risk of serious injury or death arising from a…
May 30, 2019
On-the-job injury: What you need to know
Each employer has a duty to provide a workplace that is free of known dangers that may harm employees. Like all workers, you have the right to working conditions that are free of known health and safety hazards.
May 28, 2019
State cites and fines St. Joseph Medical Center Tacoma for serious safety violations
The state Department of Labor and Industries on April 11 cited and fined St. Joseph Medical Center Tacoma for safety violations related to a series of attacks on nurses at the hospital. L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health launched an investigation at the request of WSNA after a patient in the psychiatric unit…
April 26, 2019
How healthy and safe is your workplace?
Have you ever experienced a violent incident or assault at work? Is needed personal protective equipment (PPE) readily accessible? Is lift equipment for safe patient handling available on each acute care unit? WSNA’s Health and Safety Survey is a critical first step in making your workplace safer and healthier.
August 3, 2017
OSHA considers health care workplace violence standard, requests comments
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering whether to develop a new standard to prevent workplace violence in health care and social-assistance settings. The agency has issued a public Request for Information on the extent and nature of workplace violence in the industry and the effectiveness and…
February 11, 2017
New GAO report on workplace violence against healthcare workers released
In the last year, report finds that 30% of workers in hospitals reported being physically assaulted; 70% of workers in psychiatric settings also experienced violence.
April 18, 2016
ANA releases position statement on Incivility, Bullying and Workplace Violence
ANA recognizes that incivility, bullying, and violence in the workplace are serious issues in nursing.
September 14, 2015