The Violence Of Worldwide Violence

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Worldwide violence is on an all-time rise. We see this in the newspapers, on the television, and all over the internet. However, workplace violence or WPV in healthcare is not something that tends to be in the general public’s eye. Yet WPV is a growing epidemic made evident by the passing of the Girgenti/Madden bill. The bill upgraded the penalties for assaulting healthcare workers from assault to aggravated assault. Such charges had long been afforded to law enforcement officers, firefighters, teachers, and even judges. OSHA defines WPV as “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors” (para. 1). Chapman, Perry, Styles, and Combs (2009) found that 75% of sampled nurses had experienced WPV within a 12-month period. Of these WPV cases 92% were verbal abuse, 69% physical threats, and 52% were physical assaults (p. 482). Speroni, Fitch, Dawson, Dugan, and Atherton (2014) conducted a comparative study with similar results. Of 762 nurses surveyed 76% had experienced WPV. When narrowed down to only emergency room nurses 96.7% had experienced WPV (p. 220). According to the CDC violence in a healthcare setting are more likely to occur in psychiatric wards, emergency rooms, waiting rooms, and geriatric units (para. 11). WPV can
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