Emergency department workplace violence occurs at much higher rates than other industries. An inside look at the troubling statistics, first-hand stories, and the work done to find solutions.
As president of the Emergency Nurses Association, I am calling for nationally consistent policies and clear protocols for identifying victims of human trafficking, and mandatory training of all emergency department personnel.
Most people think of nurses in a healing context, but patients often target them for abuse. More than 30 states have toughened penalties for assaulting a nurse, according to the Emergency Nurses Association. Last year, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill that raises the punishment for aggravated assault or aggravated battery against medical or EMS personnel to five to 20 years in prison.
Dan Nadworny, MSN, RN, point person for the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing to facilitate mass casulaty incident training drill at Emergency Nursing 2017 conference Sept. 14, 2017.
After attending a nursing conference, it’s typical to walk away with some continuing education credits and knowledge of a few new best practices. However, for our colleagues in Orlando, the decision to attend the 2015 Emergency Nurses Association’s annual conference in Orlando was literally life-changing.
Two years ago, AONE, alongside the Emergency Nurses Association, released a list of eight guiding principles to help mitigate violence in the workplace. Extending from that original work, AONE is now planning an updated version, “Mitigating Workplace Violence 2.0,” that looks outside of the nursing sphere by incorporating security to gain further perspective on the approach, says CEO Maureen Swick, R.N.
Workplace violence is a huge initiative of the AHA and one that AONE has been part of for a few years now. We led work in collaboration with the Emergency Nurses Association a few years ago and published guiding principles on workplace violence and things that nurse leaders need to do to ensure the safety of those we serve, and we'll be expanding that.
A new policy paper from the Emergency Nurses Association and the International Nurses Society on Addictions emphasizes “alternative-to-discipline” methods for nurses and nursing students who may be struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.