The Workplace Of The Healthcare Profession

1449 WordsMar 18, 20166 Pages
People go into the healthcare profession with the idea that they are going to help people during their hardest times, but those same people often never imagine the dangers they could face as they simply do their job. The number of healthcare workers assaulted by patients has been increasing at an alarming rate. According to Lanctôt and Guay, healthcare professionals have more than 16 times the risk of being assaulted (physically, verbally, or sexually) than any other service worker. The International Labour Organization defines workplace violence as “Any action, incident or behavior that departures from reasonable conduct in which a person is assaulted, threatened, harmed, injured in the course of, or as a direct result of, his or her work” (2014). After an act of violence has occurred, there are many implications that the survivors endure while still expected to continue their admirable job. As healthcare workers, the job entails working with patients, giving every patient the best care that is available, the care they deserve. There can be many aftereffects to a violent attack such as PTSD, depression, fear, or anger, many of which could potentially affect the way patients are cared for by the healthcare providers after they survive an attack. Work place violence has become a major problem in the healthcare field. We not only have to worry about the safety of ourselves, but we must also think about how the changes in behavior after an attack will affect the care we give
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