CE1025 | Contact Hours: 2
Workplace Violence – Targeting Nurses
The purpose of this activity is to inform nurses about violence within healthcare workplaces. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
1. Define workplace violence.
2. Describe the prevalence and incidence of workplace violence within health care settings.
3. Identify primary nursing professions targeted and perpetrators of violence.
4. Describe what constitutes workplace violence and the range of severity experienced by nurses.
5. Describe the effect workplace violence can have on nurses.
6. Describe steps to take to combat workplace violence and prevent being targeted.
7. Describe steps that are being taken to protect nurses.
Houston Richards, RN
CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
All learners must complete the entire activity and complete the evaluation to receive contact hours.
APPROVAL STATEMENT (ACCREDITATION INFORMATION)
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).
In addition to states that accept American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) courses, CE Leaders is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, and a registered provider with the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Georgia Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board of Nursing and West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses (Provider # 50-33450).
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Nursing professionals are dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of the communities and patients they serve. Fulfilling this role has helped make nursing one of the most trusted and respected professions (2). Surprisingly, nurses are also one of the most heavily targeted for workplace violence. In fact, a recent study of 55 nursing professionals working in the emergency department revealed that 49 (89%) of them had experienced workplace violence (1). Although a number of factors contribute, being one of the most patient and family-accessible healthcare professionals plays a significant role (1). Accessibility coupled with high-stress situations where emotions run high can create a recipe for violent acts towards members of the nursing profession. As primary targets, nurses should learn and lead the charge to protect themselves and colleagues from violent encounters. By better understanding the prevalence, risks, severity and effects of workplace violence, nurses can help create a safer work environment that is more conducive to the delivery of excellent patient care.
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