Violence Against Nurses: The New Epidemic

This course is designed for all nursing professionals who work in the healthcare setting. The purpose of this course is to help nursing professionals understand that violence against nurses working in the field is a realistic possibility. The course will address knowing your rights as caregivers; the actions that you can take to protect yourself from potential harm; and what healthcare institutions can do to protect everyone who walks through their doors. 

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define workplace violence.
  2. Discuss the prevalence within the United States.
  3. Explain why there is a rise in violence towards nurses.
  4. State the consequence of the violence against nurses.
  5. Describe the different types of workplace violence.
  6. Recall the potential acts of violence.
  7. Express why nurses must report the violence to their leaders.
  8. Recognize the connection between the worker and patient safety.
  9. Summarize the terms “Just Culture” and “High-Reliability Organizations” and identify their connections to a culture of safety.
  10. Interpret what federal, local and state lawmakers are doing to make nurses safer.
  11. List the steps to the prevention of violence.
  12. Name the different prevention programs available.
  13. Identify the available resources to healthcare organizations.


Chapter 1: Introduction – The Nature of Workplace Violence

  • What is Workplace Violence?
  • Defining Workplace Violence
  • Workplace Violence Prevalence m the United States

Chapter 2: Violence Towards Nurses

  • Growth of Violence Towards Nurses
  • Reasons for the Increased Violence
  • Consequences of Patient Violence

Chapter 3: Addressing Acts of Violence

  • Acts of Violence by Type
  • Identifying Potential Acts of Violence
  • Being Proactive in Reporting Acts of Violence
  • The Culture of Safety
  • Legislative Actions

Chapter 4: Preventing Acts of Violence

  • Steps to Prevention
  • Prevention Programs
  • Available Resources

Chapter 5: Conclusion and References

  • Conclusion
  • References
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

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HTRSD is a provider of continuing education training focused on human trafficking and other social disparities for health care providers, as well as courses that address nurses' health and well-being and under-served topics in advanced critical care.

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