Workplace Violence Prevention

Large group of nurses outside the Capitol Building with signs calling for workplace violence prevention.

Nurses applaud introduction of federal legislation to prevent workplace violence in health care, social service settings

The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act sets the high standard to protect workers and patients.

Sign "Workplace Violence Puts Everyone at Risk"

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.

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Quality Control

Nurses find that key components of successful workplace violence prevention programs are education, reassessment, and refinement. Kaiser nurses collaborate on projects to do just that. Read the article from National Nurse Magazine.


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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.

H.R. 1195 Fact Sheet

Learn more about the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act by reading our fact sheet.

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.

The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act would require health care and social service employers to implement comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans, protecting frontline workers like nurses from the very real hazards of the job.

Tell congress to pass this legislation!

Press Releases

Yet another tragic mass shooting demonstrates the importance of legislation currently in the U.S. Senate that would provide substantial safety protection for our nation’s health care workers, patients, and their families.
NNU today announced its support for the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, officially reintroduced today in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).
Sen. Baldwin and Rep Courtney will be speaking at a press conference at noon on Wednesday, along with NNU President Jean Ross, RN; AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond; American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten; Meg Dionne, RN at Maine Medical Center in Portland; and others.
Hospital RNs also reported that their hospitals are still not adequately prepared for a Covid-19 surge. National Nurses United calls on Congress to pass federal safe staffing legislation.