Healthcare workers are often the target of verbal and physical violence from patients. Hospitals, aware of the trend, are continually making strides to protect their workforce.
Recently, a national webinar hosted by the AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) featured MHA and Harrington Healthcare System’s Elise Wilson, R.N., who was violently attacked while caring for a patient.
MHA’s V.P. for Clinical Affairs, Patricia Noga, PhD, R.N., discussed MHA’s statewide efforts to prevent and mitigate workplace violence, as well as MHA’s Caring for the Caregiver initiative that focuses on gratitude, workplace safety, and employee well-being.
Elise Wilson shared her compelling story of the assault against her, her injuries, and the aftermath of the event. And Carlton Rondeau, Manager of Public Safety at Harrington, described the hospital’s response to the event and efforts to prevent workplace violence through enhancements in physical security measures, emergency preparedness activities, and education and awareness.