Violence Prevention

In response to an uptick in both the frequency and severity of violent incidences against nurses and healthcare professionals, PASNAP held a conference in November 2010 (and two more in March 2011) to begin discussion of the matter. Representatives from the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which is at the forefront of combating workplace violence in their state, led the session.

The conferences addressed the range of violence, from physical assaults to verbal threats, compounded by inadequate response from management.  The overarching theme was that no one should have to endure any violence and that hospitals must take steps to prevent it from happening.

From those enlightening conferences that exposed a frightening reality, PASNAP members along with HPAE members and the District Attorneys of Philadelphia and Delaware County formed the Staff Nurse Task Force on Workplace Violence  – open to union and non-union nurses and allied professionals.

Shortly after, the task force drafted legislation which was introduced by State Representative Nicholas Micozzie (R-163) of Delaware County. The State House Health Committee held a legislative hearing on the bill on September 11, 2012, and the stakeholders, including PASNAP, the Department of Labor and Industry, and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania are currently redrafting the bill to make it stronger and more likely to pass in Harrisburg.

Health care workplace violence an epidemic, says Ontario nurses’ union leader

There are some professions with an expectation you might encounter violence in your working day. A soldier in wartime. A police officer. A nightclub bouncer. A nurse.

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Safe Staffing and Workplace Violence: How Direct Care Nurses Can Join Together and Protect Our Patients and Ourselves

Safe Staffing saves lives, but all over the state we see hospitals trying to lower costs by cutting staff and stretching RNs too thin.

At the same time, Workplace Violence in healthcare settings continues to increase. We have been physically harmed and verbally threatened. Even fatal assaults, like the recent shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald, are on the rise.

How can direct care nurses join together to protect ourselves and our patients? Find out on October 9, 2014

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Medical workers say violence is too often part of the job

Last week’s shooting at an outpatient office on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital was a reminder that the healing professions can be surprisingly dangerous.

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