PA Workplace Violence Prevention

Pennsylvania’s Proposed Legislation for Workplace Violence Prevention

The Healthcare Facilities Violence Prevention Act would require Pennsylvania hospitals and other healthcare facilities to take proactive steps to protect nurses and other healthcare workers from suffering from violence on the job. HB 326, the Healthcare Facilities Violence Prevention Act, was written with input and support from PASNAP and sponsored in this session by State Representative Florindo Fabrizio (D-02). The bill would create a committee to assess the security risks in their facilities, find ways to create a safer workplace, and help victims of violence report incidents.

Incidents of workplace violence against staff occur in rural, suburban, and inner-city hospitals alike. HB 326 will help each health facility develop a plan to address its own risk factors, including training level of security personnel, building design and lighting, staffing levels, and hospital culture of safety. Click here to find your Legislators and urge them to support this legislation.

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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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