Finally a look at educating nurses and other health professionals about violence in the healthcare workplace. A new guide from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hopes to help educate us about ways to prepare, avoid and also report on violence perpetrated by patients and their families against us, specifically in the realm of an active shooter entering a health facility and shooting staff and patients.

Active Shooter Resource Guide for Hospitals

Weapon-Collection-GunsThe guide is called “Incorporating Active Shooter Incident Planning into Health Care Facility Emergency Operations Plans.” While I like that this guide exists, it represents an extremely small portion of the prospective violence perpetrated against us in healthcare settings. More often, we are subjected to physical assault from a patient or family member.

The most recent data I found showed nearly 10,000 acts of violence against healthcare workers annually. While there is a potential for an active shooter situation in the healthcare setting, I find it far more likely we’ll face other types of violence.

Con-ed Resource for Nurse Workplace Violence

Luckily there are resources for that as well including a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) online training module that offers specific training on workplace violence prevention for nurses and other healthcare pros. You can also get continuing education for it so check it out.

I’ll have a link to it in the show notes as well as to the active shooter planning document. Check both of them out and see what is being done in your facility to prevent and prepare for violent situations.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Health Informatics Lessons From Social Media and Episode 346.



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