Healthcare Administration Role in Workplace Violence
Some 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. To prevent and help maintain a healthy and safe workplace environment, The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a booklet of providing guidelines. According to searchcompliance.techtarget.com, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency of the United States that regulates workplace safety and health and has been in affect since 1970. OSHA is a very detailed and helpful booklet as it covers from the Worksite Analysis to Safety and Health Training with a recordkeeping and program evaluation to keep instances to a minimal at the workplace. Management should be aware and share the workplace violence prevention evaluation reports with all employees, although those reports should be employee confidential. During their normal incoming hires training, employers should have awareness training to help that individual understand the policy, program, or system in place for that specific healthcare facility. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association found that safety is one of the top issues of concern for registered nurses. The importance of these procedures is for the administration to help not only the patients but to also benefit peers and physicians seen daily. Teach the employees that horizontal violence isn’t acceptable and to provide role modeling and a scripted out exercise to identify the types of horizontal violence. The ongoing education and commitment to a caring and respectful environment is key to a successful healthcare facility. In a 2010 commentary in the American Journal of Nursing, emergency-department nurse Jessica Leigh Taylor of St. David’s South Austin Hospital in Austin, Texas encouraged nursing associations everywhere to make deterring violence a “top priority” and hospital directors to institute and enforce “zero-tolerance policies” at their...
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