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Workplace Violence Rising Concern Among Nurses

According to the 2024 State of U.S. Nursing Report, on-the-job safety is a growing concern causing many nurses to reconsider their career options.  Half of nurses in the study reported having been verbally and/or physically assaulted by a patient or member of a patient’s family within the past two years. More than one in four (26%) said they are likely to leave their current role due to these incidents.

SDAHO recognizes the importance of supporting our members against workplace violence and has been awarded the South Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility grant to provide funding for in-person training on April 23 from 10 am – 3pm CST in Oacoma, SD at the Arrowwood Resort.  The grant will cover two free registrations for each South Dakota Critical Access Hospital.

On April 23, trainers, Michael Dunning, VP, Public Safety & Emergency Management, ScionHealth, and Lisa Terry, Chief Development Officer, Vistelar, LLC, will provide a comprehensive course designed to empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to proactively reduce and prevent workplace violence within hospital settings. Through interactive discussions, case studies, and practical exercises, participants will gain a deep understanding of the multifaceted nature of workplace violence and develop the expertise to implement effective prevention measures.

The workshop will cover various topics such as:

  • Identify Risk Factors: Recognize and assess the risk factors contributing to workplace violence, including patient-related stressors and high-pressure situations.
  • Implement Security Protocols: Develop and implement robust security protocols and access controls to minimize the risk of violent incidents.
  • Strengthen Communication Skills: Enhance communication skills to effectively navigate and mediate conflicts, promoting a positive and respectful work environment.
  • Create a Safe Physical Environment: Design hospital spaces and layouts that prioritize safety, reducing opportunities for violence and enhancing staff security.
  • Establish Emergency Response Plans: Formulate comprehensive emergency response plans that guide staff in effectively managing and containing violent incidents.
  • Address Trauma-Informed Care: Integrate trauma-informed care principles into workplace practices to provide sensitive and supportive care to patients, minimizing triggers.

If you work within a Critical Access Hospital and are interested in attending, please email michella.sybesma@sdaho.org for more information or register here.

Acknowledgment and Disclaimer:

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $866,675 with 0% percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. 

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