The Effects Of Workplace Violence On The Workplace

1676 WordsJul 13, 20157 Pages
Workplace violence (WPV) is defined as “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site” (OSHA, n.d., para. 1). For the nursing profession these threats include the following sources: nurse to nurse, patient to nurse, relatives to nurse, other health professionals to nurse. WPV happens in all healthcare settings, however some units are known to have higher incidences than others. One healthcare setting that is well known for having high incidences of patient to nurse violence is the ED. Factors that contribute to the increase of WPV in the ED include: long wait times, patients with mental disorders, patients who have a history of violence, and patients that are under the influence of alcohol or drugs (Trotto, 2014). The problem of WPV is also amplified by the culture mentality that most ED nurses may have, in which they see WPV as an occupational hazard. Consequently, even when the ED has violence safety policies and procedures, underreporting of WPV is observed. The first time I experienced this problem was when I worked in the ED as a medic. I worked very close with the nurses and not very much time into working there I realized that violence was chalked up to being part of the job. For example, on a very busy day in the ED, we got a patient that was under the influence of drugs. He was being a little aggressive as the nurse and I were getting his vital signs and assessing him. We
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