Workplace Violence Prevention

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The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act fact sheet

Learn more about the bill would mandate that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration create a federal standard requiring health care and social service employers to develop and implement comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans by reading our fact sheet.

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Take NNU's Workplace Violence Survey

We want to hear your story. Your voice has a critical and powerful impact on our collective work. Take the workplace violence survey and share your experiences.

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Workplace Violence and Covid-19 in Health Care: How the Hospital Industry Created an Occupational Syndemic

This report details stark evidence of how the dual failures of health care employers to protect nurses and patients from Covid-19 and workplace violence synergistically interact to amplify the harms caused by each individually.

Resources

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What is workplace violence?

Workplace violence is an occupational hazard that occurs frequently in health care workplaces. It can be any act of violence or threat of violence that occurs within the worksite or while an employee is doing their job.

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Injury to None

This brief is a comprehensive overview of what workplace violence is, including summaries of the leading research to date on its prevalence, impacts, and prevention, and details how we are working to stop it.

Workplace violence prevention tips

Here’s advice from five Northern California Kaiser nurses who have been working on mitigating and preventing workplace violence at their facilities.

California regulations are a model for the nation

In California, employers are required by law to have comprehensive, unit-specific workplace violence prevention plans in place.

We need your help to pass The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act and strengthen protections for health care workers in their workplaces. Take action by sending a letter to your members of Congress today.

Press releases

A nationwide survey conducted by NNU found that the majority of nurses have experienced workplace violence and nearly half have seen a rise in rates in the past year.
Registered nurses at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., will hold a strike for 24 hours from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26 to protest the administration’s refusal to address RNs’ deep concerns about patient care, safe staffing, and workplace violence.
RNs at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) will hold a public rally on Tuesday, Sept. 26 to demand that UCSF address critical and persistent patient care and workplace safety issues.
Nurses at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital (SLU) in St. Louis, Mo., gave notice today to their employer that they will hold their first-ever strike to protest the administration’s refusal to address RNs’ deep concerns about patient care, safe staffing, and workplace violence.