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Nurses Need Workplace Violence Prevention

Tuesday, April 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release

 April 9, 2019


Kanaka Sathasivan
Texas Nurses Association
512.452.0648 x 130

Nurses Need Workplace Violence Prevention

When 1 in 2 Texas Nurses has experienced workplace violence, prevention programs and education are crucial to keeping health care workers safe.

Austin, TX (Nov. 20, 2018) — Many nurses do not have the tools to empower themselves and prevent violence. Current law does not require health care employers to train staff such as nurses in prevention techniques. All health care environments should implement measures to prevent violence against health care workers.

Of all assaults that occur in U.S. workplaces, 70 percent occurred in health care and social service settings. House Bill 1146 by Rep. Donna Howard will require health care facilities to develop a workplace violence prevention plan, conduct safety training with employees and implement a system for responding to and investigating violent incidents.

A 2016 study by the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies shows that nearly half of all nurses will experience physical violence in the course of their careers, and over 40 percent of nurses don’t receive any training on workplace violence. When training is offered, employers often focus on awareness rather than prevention.  

Workplace violence can be prevented. Effective violence prevention strategies exist, yet these approaches have not been implemented across Texas. HB 280 in 2017 provided grant funding for organizations to implement innovative solutions to workplace violence. This session’s HB 1146 will further this effort by requiring health care facilities to involve front line nurse in developing violence prevention plans.

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