Thursday Aug 04, 2022

Workplace violence in health care – Part 1

In the emergency room, the spouse of a drug-seeker verbally threatens the physician who refuses to provide opioids. A nurse endures a physical assault and wants to leave the field. These true instances of workplace violence are all-too-common in health care, and today’s episode focuses on why violence is happening and the toll it takes on health care workers.


Guest speaker:
Diana Scott, MHA, RN, CPHQ
Principal, Regulatory/Accreditation


Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM
Principal, Clinical Operations and Quality


Show Notes:

[01:01] Defining workplace violence

[02:18] Four categories of violence

[03:25] Seriousness of the problem – deaths from violence in health care

[04:25] Universal experience among health care workers

[05:43] A lack of reporting

[06:57] Building awareness

[07:50] Portrayal in entertainment

[08:42] Consequences


Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice:

Diana Scott’s email:

Fact sheet: Health Care Workplace Violence and Intimidation (AHA) Click Here

Navigating the hazard of rising violence in health care facilities (Reuters) Click Here


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