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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164188
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Violent Workplaces: Recognizing the Risk
Author(s):
Ehrmann, Gerry; Zuzelo, Patti Rager
Author Details:
Gerry Ehrmann, MSN, APRN, La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, APRN, BC, CNS
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this presentation is to provide CNSs with information specific to workplace violence and to promote an appreciation for proactive strategies that may reduce actual and potential violent events. A secondary purpose is to provide an overview of available resources that may be useful to CNSs interested in better understanding workplace violence. Significance: Workplace violence is recognized as an occupational hazard for health care providers, including nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that in 1999 there were 2,637 nonfatal assaults on hospital workers. In 2004, there were 551 workplace homicides in the United States, out of a total of 5,703 fatal work injuries OSHA, 2005). The rate of nonfatal assaults in hospitals is 8.3 assaults per 10,000 workers as compared to a private-sector rate of 2 per 10,000 workers. Background/Design: Violence is serious and insidious problem yet remains unregulated and is not nationally tracked. CNSs are obliged to consider the risks of workplace violence and galvanize colleagues within the healthcare system to seriously evaluate risks, plan interventions, and develop programs to respond to crises related to violence. Methods: This presentation is an informative overview of workplace violence with specific information related to the healthcare system. Findings: CNSs need to consider strategies for assessing the risk of workplace violence, monitoring the frequency of violent events based upon typology, and developing action plans that respond to violent victimization and meet the needs of employees affected by the aftermath of violence. Conclusions: Workplace violence is rarely discussed within healthcare organizations. Patient safety is a priority and yet one aspect of keeping patients safe involves assuring a non-violent healthcare setting. CNSs are in an ideal position to exert influence and minimize the risks and damages associated workplace violence. Implications for Practice: There are many factors that contribute to workplace violence and place nurses at risk. Typical interactions with patients, family, and visits are potentially dangerous depending upon the context of the interaction, the stress levels of the individuals involved, and the personal attributes and behavior patterns of each. Nursing is a "people business" and, as such, carries risk. This risk is compounded by inadequate or nonexistent policies regarding workplace violence. Assaults, particularly verbal, occur between healthcare workers of all types including physicians, nurses, ancillary staff, and multidisciplinary team members. Lateral and vertical violence occur regularly in the healthcare workplace. Hospitals are microcosms of society and, as such, are socialized to violence. Larger economic forces and resource shortages create circumstances addressed through labor downsizing, layoffs and terminations. Workplace violence is a multifaceted event with the potential to increase in frequency and scope. CNSs need to have a basic understanding of the risk for workplace violence in order to intervene in effective, efficient, and meaningful ways.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleViolent Workplaces: Recognizing the Risken_GB
dc.contributor.authorEhrmann, Gerryen_US
dc.contributor.authorZuzelo, Patti Rageren_US
dc.author.detailsGerry Ehrmann, MSN, APRN, La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org; Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, APRN, BC, CNSen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164188-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this presentation is to provide CNSs with information specific to workplace violence and to promote an appreciation for proactive strategies that may reduce actual and potential violent events. A secondary purpose is to provide an overview of available resources that may be useful to CNSs interested in better understanding workplace violence. Significance: Workplace violence is recognized as an occupational hazard for health care providers, including nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that in 1999 there were 2,637 nonfatal assaults on hospital workers. In 2004, there were 551 workplace homicides in the United States, out of a total of 5,703 fatal work injuries OSHA, 2005). The rate of nonfatal assaults in hospitals is 8.3 assaults per 10,000 workers as compared to a private-sector rate of 2 per 10,000 workers. Background/Design: Violence is serious and insidious problem yet remains unregulated and is not nationally tracked. CNSs are obliged to consider the risks of workplace violence and galvanize colleagues within the healthcare system to seriously evaluate risks, plan interventions, and develop programs to respond to crises related to violence. Methods: This presentation is an informative overview of workplace violence with specific information related to the healthcare system. Findings: CNSs need to consider strategies for assessing the risk of workplace violence, monitoring the frequency of violent events based upon typology, and developing action plans that respond to violent victimization and meet the needs of employees affected by the aftermath of violence. Conclusions: Workplace violence is rarely discussed within healthcare organizations. Patient safety is a priority and yet one aspect of keeping patients safe involves assuring a non-violent healthcare setting. CNSs are in an ideal position to exert influence and minimize the risks and damages associated workplace violence. Implications for Practice: There are many factors that contribute to workplace violence and place nurses at risk. Typical interactions with patients, family, and visits are potentially dangerous depending upon the context of the interaction, the stress levels of the individuals involved, and the personal attributes and behavior patterns of each. Nursing is a "people business" and, as such, carries risk. This risk is compounded by inadequate or nonexistent policies regarding workplace violence. Assaults, particularly verbal, occur between healthcare workers of all types including physicians, nurses, ancillary staff, and multidisciplinary team members. Lateral and vertical violence occur regularly in the healthcare workplace. Hospitals are microcosms of society and, as such, are socialized to violence. Larger economic forces and resource shortages create circumstances addressed through labor downsizing, layoffs and terminations. Workplace violence is a multifaceted event with the potential to increase in frequency and scope. CNSs need to have a basic understanding of the risk for workplace violence in order to intervene in effective, efficient, and meaningful ways.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:43:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:43:41Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Qualityen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationPhoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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