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Rehabil Nurs. 2012 Jul-Aug;37(4):202-6. doi: 10.1002/rnj.20. Epub 2012 Jun 26.

Workplace violence prevention for healthcare workers-an online course.

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV, USA. dhartley@cdc.gov

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Workplace assaults against healthcare workers originate from many sources, but are predominantly committed by patients. Therefore, training in strategies for preventing patient-on-nurse violence is very important throughout a nurse's career.

METHODS:

The online course described in this article presents prevention strategies from the institutional and individual levels. These are reinforced by video case studies of five real-life incidents with key learning points discussed.

RESULTS:

The physical and psychological consequences of workplace assaults can result in higher absenteeism, increased turnover, decreased job satisfaction, lower productivity, and a host of other negative outcomes.

DISCUSSION:

Preventing these negative outcomes is beneficial to the nurse, the patients, and the organization. This course provides a convenient interactive tool that uses units approximately 20 minutes in duration with stop and pick up where you left off capabilities.

CONCLUSION:

The free online course will be available starting in the summer or fall of 2012.

PMID:
22744993
DOI:
10.1002/rnj.20
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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