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, 56 (11), 449-54

Strategies and Tools to Reduce Workplace Violence

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Strategies and Tools to Reduce Workplace Violence

Mary A Gallant-Roman. AAOHN J.

Abstract

The U.S. health care system is in the beginning of a crisis that can barely be comprehended. If projections are accurate, the demand for nurses will increase 40% and a 400,000-hour full-time equivalent registered nurse shortfall will occur by 2020. Not only are nurses leaving the field, but fewer candidates are entering. The reasons are unclear, but research has shown that nursing is a dangerous occupation--four times more dangerous than most other occupations. Protection from an unsafe workplace is guaranteed under Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and many national and international groups call for zero tolerance of workplace violence. Health care worksites must develop specific plans to minimize and prevent workplace violence. Additional research is necessary to determine which methods are most effective. This article examines the necessary components of a workplace violence prevention program.

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