Nurse in Western Pennsylvania Hospitals Live in Fear of Workplace Violence

Thu, May 9th, 2013 - 10:35 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Over the years, I have written and commented on issues involving workplace violence.   One such article was entitled…”If You Want to Decrease the Chance of Workplace Violence, Have an Employee Firing Protocol Established.”  The article explains, as the title suggests, that this is sound advice.

It is no secret anymore that a large number of employees live in fear of workplace violence and workplace bullying.  The violence can come from job hazards as it comes from, say, taxi drivers and retail staff.  Or it can come from within the job, either through patients, as the most frequent case for healthcare workers, or from managers and staff members, or agitated relatives and lovers who intrude upon the workplace to raise havoc.

None of this is good for employment morale.  There are esteem issues, a notable decline in productivity, and of course the threat of real injury and the subsequent liability issues.

This article comes from TribLive.  It discusses the different cases of assaults and violent episodes that the nurses in Western Pennsylvania Hospitals must encounter as part of their daily routine.   No fun, for sure.

According to the article…”

Thomas’ experience is similar to that of many ER nurses surveyed during the past four years by the national Emergency Nurses Association, half of whom said they had been physically or verbally abused at work during the past week.

Of that, about 12 percent suffered physical abuse, while about 42 percent suffered verbal abuse, said Lisa Wolf, director of the group’s Institute for Emergency Nursing Research.”

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