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Workplace safety is a national concern
Preventing Violence Against Health Care Workers: Perspective From A Former CEO
"Throughout my 35-year career as a pediatrician and a health system CMO and CEO, I was always focused on my primary responsibilities; to keep our patients safe and to keep our caregivers safe. Whenever I was confronted with difficult decisions, clinically or administratively, I always retreated to those fundamental priorities to guide me.
As a health care provider industry, our efforts to elevate patient safety have been relentless, highly visible and with substantive improvements for the past several decades. Federal and state governments, insurance companies, employers and consumers have all played a role in driving the industry to enhance safety and quality for our patients. There have been parallel efforts to improve the safety of the workplace for our caregivers, but on arguably the most devastating reality of violence in the workplace, we have failed to find effective solutions and the problem has escalated."
A striking number of nurses say they're victims of workplace violence
"The reality is if you ask emergency nurses, they will tell you every single shift they work there is some case of workplace violence…"
Congress Bill Works to Protect Health Care Workers from Violence
"Violence in the workplace is an unfortunately common experience for many health care workers, and until now, there was no law protecting their safety." /19)
Healthcare Remains America’s Most Dangerous Profession Due To Workplace Violence
"In the healthcare and social services sector, violence against workers is a growing problem across the nation..." /19)
Pennsylvania hospitals are fighting for nurses’ safety
"While health care workers... comprise only 13% of the U.S. workforce, 60% of workplace assaults occur in health care." /19)
Hospital violence draws renewed concerns
"Large disturbance by visitors sparked lockdown and police response at North Memorial Hospital." /19)
Black eyes, bruised limbs and concussions: Why nurses say going into work is like ‘walking into a war zone’
"A recent survey of 20,000 nurses revealed that 41% of nurses have been victims of “bullying, incivility or other forms of workplace violence."" /19)
Workplace Violence Challenging Nurses, Impacting Retention
"Enhancing safety, addressing workplace violence, reducing bullying and adding flexibility were all important factors for satisfaction and retention..." /19)
New Research Suggests Nurses at Increased Risk for Suicide
"Nurses are at a higher risk of suicide and are more likely to have experienced a job problem prior to taking their lives compared to others in the general population..." /19)
House passes bill tackling workplace violence in health care, social services sectors
"The measure... calls for employers to develop plans to prevent and investigate instances of violence in the workplace." /19)
Survey: workplace violence commonplace in mental health
“More than half the time, no one followed up after an assault…"
House bill to protect nurses from workplace violence advances
"Federal legislation to protect healthcare and social service employees from workplace violence is advancing after being voted out of the House Committee on Education and Labor..." 6/12/19)
Healthcare workers face violence ‘epidemic'
"From verbal abuse to physical assaults, healthcare workers on a daily basis face threats to their safety as they care for patients." 3/11/19)