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Nurse Assault and Violence At Work Nurse Assault and Violence At Work.  Violence against Nurses at work is growing epidemic in the United States than in many other places across the globe. Nurses working in healthcare caring for patients must be safe. Nurses have been assaulted by both patients and family members. The American Nurses Association states that 1 out 4 Nurses are assaulted at work. That is 25%. Nurses are at the greatest risks for violence working in the areas of the Emergency Department and the Psychiatric units.

Creating a Culture of Safety

Nurse Assault and Violence At Work. Healthcare Delivery Employers need to create a culture of safety to influence organizational wide safety. There needs to be mettle detector for all victors screened upon entering hospital. Nurses need to be taught how to utilize therapeutic communication. For psychiatric patients the Therapeutic Options is generally the preferred method to deescalate an angry patient. Some patients may have had traumas which are triggered and Nurses need to learn how to implement Trauma Informed Care and improved communication strategies.

Nurse Assault and Violence At Work. American Nurses Today posted an article titled; Patient violence: It’s not all in a day’s work “However, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “…the spectrum [of violence]…ranges from offensive language to homicide, and a reasonable working definition of workplace violence is as follows: violent acts, including physical assaults and threats of assault, directed toward persons at work or on duty.” In other words, patient violence falls along a continuum, from verbal (harassing, threatening, yelling, bullying, and hostile sarcastic comments) to physical (slapping, punching, biting, throwing objects)”.

Source: https://www.americannursetoday.com/patient-violence/

Violence against health workers is unacceptable. It has not only a negative impact on the psychological and physical well-being of health-care staff, but also affects their job motivation. As a consequence, this violence compromises the quality of care and puts health-care provision at risk. It also leads to immense financial loss in the health sector.

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