We are all committed to maintaining the highest possible standards for patient safety and health. But we are not as consistent about practicing our own health, safety, and wellness. As a result, we can lose sight of the fact that providing the highest quality of care to patients is impossible when our own safety and health is left at risk.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.”
Harassment, verbal threats, abuse, physical attacks, and in some cases homicide are some of the many characteristics that define workplace violence. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nurses are exposed to workplace violence more often than all other healthcare workers.
In the United States, all employers are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy place of work for employees. This is not debatable; it is the law and there are no exceptions to the rule.
The following survey seeks to find out just how safe your work environment really is.