Showing posts with label Violence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Violence. Show all posts

Workplace Violence (Videos)

Workplace violence is a serious problem that can have tragic consequences. 

According to the CDC, there are four main types of workplace violence: criminal intent, client-on-worker violence, worker-on-worker violence, and personal relationship violence.

Criminal intent refers to acts of violence committed to harm others, regardless of the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim. Example: 

  • a nurse assaulted in the hospital parking garage;
  • a home health care nurse is mugged while conducting a home visit.

Client-on-worker violence occurs when a client or customer becomes violent towards a worker. Research shows that this type of violence occurs most frequently in emergency and psychiatric treatment settings, waiting rooms, and geriatric settings but is by no means limited to these.


Worker-on-worker violence occurs when two employees become involved in a physical or verbal altercation. It includes bullying and frequently manifests as verbal and emotional abuse that is unfair, offensive, vindictive, and/or humiliating though it can range to homicide.

Personal relationship violence is when someone uses violence to control or threaten someone with whom they have a personal relationship, such as a spouse or partner. For example, the husband of a nurse follows her to work, orders her home, and threatens her. 

Workplace violence can profoundly impact both the victims and witnesses of the act itself and the work environment as a whole. 

It is important for employers to be aware of the risks of workplace violence and to take steps to prevent it from happening.


Lawmakers Move Forward to Protect Healthcare Workers From Assault (Video)

Violence against healthcare workers is a subject recently highlighted by healthcare organizations across the U.S., which are asking patients to show kindness and patience to staff. It's also picking up steam among state legislators, who are introducing bills to protect healthcare staff.

This article was originally published in Becker's Hospital Review.

I've made many videos regarding violence in the hospitals and believe that this issue needs to be addressed.


A Physician Was Stabbed - And No One Helped (Video)

A Physician was stabbed at a Pennsylvania hospital, and although, according to the doctor, there were multiple witnesses, no one stepped in to help. 

Violence in a hospital is nothing new. Patients attack (it could be the medication that they are on), visitors attack (emotions play a large part), co-workers attack (although very rare because most are licensed and are not willing to lose it over.....anybody).

So, watch the video and tell me if you've ever witnessed violence firsthand as a Unit Secretary.


6 Tips For Keeping Your Cool When Things Get Hot (Video)


1. Be assertive – not aggressive or passive. My definition of assertion is simple: "Say what you mean, mean what you say, and don't be mean when you say it." Let this rule guide your conversations with all visitors, and you will always be confident, cool, and in control, and you'll always be professional.

2. Speak more slowly. You'll be amazed at how much more clearly you can think and how much control and confidence you’ll experience when you consciously slow down your rate of speech. Speak slowly and methodically when your emotional triggers are launched, and you'll maintain poise during a difficult conversation.

3. Wait 1-2 seconds before responding. Responding immediately to demanding or tactical visitors could result in you saying something you'll later regret. Before you answer, take a deep breath, wait at least 2 seconds, and think about the best response and the best approach.

4. Take a time-out. When you sense that your buttons have been pushed, take a break. You can tell the visitor that you need to put him on hold while you go get the nurse or whatever excuse sounds good at the time. The point is to get away from the situation for a few seconds so you can re-group.

5. Use positive self-talk. I'm going to sound like Dr. Phil on this one, but I'm quite serious. Instead of saying to yourself, "I don't get paid enough to put up with this shit." Say something more positive like, "This guy needs my help." Thinking more positively helps you respond more positively and professionally. Negative thoughts lead to negative words, and it spirals into an extremely hostile situation.

6. Show your power before you use it. Often, a subtle suggestion of your "power" is far more effective than the outright use of your power. But, believe it or not, you are far more "powerful" if you say, "I want to help you, but when you yell and cut me off, you make it difficult for me to work with you." This statement demonstrates your power, and your message most definitely gets across.

These straightforward tips will position you to keep your cool when situations get hot!


Violence and the Health Unit Coordinator (Video)

Anyone in the medical field will have to deal with violent patients, visitors, and family.

It might be expected from patients whose mind may be altered by medication that they were given. We all know those patients who claim to see bugs crawling on the ceiling or see someone over in the corner.

But getting verbal threats and physical contact from family and visitors is totally unacceptable.

With the rise of active shooters in the country, it is important, more now than ever, to be vigilant and know when to call security.

Or when to call the police. 

How to Deal with Violent Patients/Visitors as a Health Unit Coordinator (Video)


        This is a subject that anyone who works in a hospital knows well and that is violent patients and in rare cases, violent family members.

    All employers must provide for the safety of their patients, employees, visitors, and doctors. With that said, we as employees need to always make sure that we protect ourselves.

   As a Health Unit Coordinator, I don't argue with anyone who is unreasonable and are looking for a fight. I always use my “Chain of Command” and get my immediate supervisor involved (this is usually when the patient/visitor is at the nursing station). If I see that the situation is getting out of hand, I will call security and ask them to come to the unit.

    There was a situation where a visitor was totally out of control for two days and everyone was scared to say anything to him because they were afraid that it would “set him off”. I was off on those two days, but when I came back, it had totally escalated to the point that one of my coworkers was calling the police and administration were forced to take it seriously.

    We were so scared that we all had escape routes planned.

   We should not have to live in fear when we clock into work, but we should also be aware of our surroundings and be ready to run if necessary.