Workplace Violence In Nursing
Workplace violence is a serious threat to the safety of healthcare professionals. Although workplace violence has been studied in other industries, not enough research has been done on the topic of nurse safety. This article will provide information about what types of violence are most common to nursing professionals, why they occur and how you can prevent them from happening to you or your coworkers.
Workplace violence (WPV) in healthcare settings has become a global problem.
Workplace violence (WPV) in healthcare settings has become a global problem. Healthcare workers are at risk of being injured or killed by patients, visitors, and colleagues. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 250 000 health workers die from incidents of WPV every year.
The WHO defines workplace violence as any act that results in physical injury or psychological harm occurring within the context of the work environment. Examples include assault with a weapon; sexual harassment or abuse; threats or intimidation; exposure to dangerous substances that cause harmful effects on health; verbal abuse or assault; bullying/harassment through social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter; workplace stalking (eg emailing threatening messages); cyberbullying via text messaging apps such as WhatsApp™ Messenger).
Workplace violence can cause community members to avoid hospitals and leave healthcare professionals feeling unsafe.
Workplace violence can cause community members to avoid hospitals and leave healthcare professionals feeling unsafe. While no one wants to think about the possibility of workplace violence, it’s important that we do so in order to protect ourselves and our patients.
It is estimated that two million Americans are victims of violent acts in a healthcare setting each year. This costs society an estimated $1 billion annually in medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, legal fees and other expenses associated with workplace violence incidents involving both employees and patients/family members. These costs come from long-term physical or mental injuries sustained by victims (e.g., loss of limbs), as well as potential criminal prosecution for perpetrators who commit violent acts against others at work (including themselves).
Most cases of workplace violence are in the form of verbal abuse and harassment.
Workplace violence is a serious problem for nurses, and the most common form of workplace violence is verbal abuse and harassment. Verbal abuse and harassment can be very stressful and damaging to your mental and physical health. It can lead to depression and anxiety; it can also lead to substance abuse.
Nurses are at an especially high risk for workplace violence injuries and death.
Nurses are at an especially high risk for workplace violence injuries and death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospital staff were two times more likely than other workers to be victims of assault by patients or family members between 2010 and 2014.
Although most workplace violence is at the hands of other people, not patients or their family members, hospitals may be at greater risk because they must work longer hours in more violent neighborhoods than traditional office workers do.
Workplace Violence is rising to epidemic proportions in nursing.
It’s now clear that workplace violence is a growing problem in the healthcare industry, and it’s a serious threat to nurses and healthcare workers. Workplace violence also poses serious threats to patients and their families, as well as the community at large.
Most workplace violence is at the hands of other people, not patients or their family members.
Most workplace violence is at the hands of other people, not patients or their family members. While it is true that many healthcare professionals have encountered violent patients, this type of violence is rare and most often involves a patient with mental health issues such as depression, schizophrenia or dementia. It’s also worth noting that many caregivers report feeling safe in their workplace environments.
Hospital staff can feel unsafe because they are exposed to verbal abuse and harassment from co-workers; these situations are referred to as “workplace bullying.” Bullies usually target those who appear weak or vulnerable, so nurses on rotation may be more likely to experience bullying compared to seasoned nurses who have established themselves firmly in the department. If you suspect that you are being bullied by your peers or superiors, speak up!
Hospital staff may be at greater risk because they must work longer hours in more violent neighborhoods than traditional office workers do.
Hospital staff may be at greater risk because they must work longer hours in more violent neighborhoods than traditional office workers do. Nurses, for example, often work evening and night shifts to care for patients who are recovering from surgery or suffering from severe illnesses. These nurses may have to travel long distances through dangerous areas surrounding the hospital where the highest number of assaults occur.
Understanding workplace violence risks and how to prevent violence can help keep you safe on the job.
Understanding workplace violence risks and how to prevent them can help keep you safe on the job. The following information may be helpful:
- Learn about workplace violence risks, prevention, and reporting. Find out more about the types of incidents that occur in your workplace. Learn how to report suspicious behavior or even if an incident does occur, what steps you can take to protect yourself and others from harm.
- Know your rights as a nursing assistant! As a nursing assistant, it’s important for you know what constitutes “workplace violence.” In addition, knowing the laws surrounding it will ensure that your employer takes appropriate action when confronted with such situations in their facilities (for example: citing violators).
Workplace violence is a growing problem for healthcare professionals, but it is one that can be prevented. By understanding the risks of workplace violence in your specific setting and how you can prevent it, you can help prevent yourself from becoming a victim of this crime.