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Running head: NURSING AND WORKPLACE VIOLENCE1Nursing and Workplace ViolenceShaleta S. BoydCapella UniversityPolicy, Law, Ethics, & RegulationsNursing and Workplace ViolenceDecember, 2018
NURSING AND WORKPLACE VIOLENCE2Nursing and Workplace ViolenceViolence within healthcare workplace settings violates the healthcare professionals’rights, and can threaten the delivery of quality care. This article will identify some of thecontributing factors that lead to violence in healthcare settings. There will be a comparison ofOccupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and American NursesAssociation (ANA) position statement regarding organizational policies on workplace violence.Finally, there will be an explanation on safety policies and protocols to prevent and respond tohealthcare workplace violence.Political, Legal, and Legislative Contributors to Workplace ViolenceHealthcare professionals are at an increased risk for workplace violence than workers in other industries. Workplace violence in healthcare settings are four times more common to occur than all other settings combined (Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], n.d.). There are many contributing factors that place healthcare settings at greater risks for violence. OSHA indicates that workers who provide services to the public, work in high crime or remote areas, and those who work shift work such as healthcare professionals, are at greater risks for workplace violence [Pap13].According to the National Institute for Occupational safety and Health (NIOSH), defines workplace violence as physical assaults and threats of assault, directed towards at work or on duty (Papa et al., 2013). In healthcare settings violent acts can be caused by patients, visitors, coworkers, personal acquaintances, and strangers. Some contributing factors that increase the risk of violence in healthcare settings include patients with mental health issues, those under the influence of drugs or alcohol, presence of fire arms by visitors, overcrowding, prolonged wait
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