What works: Code green prevents workplace violence

Over the public-announcement system at our inner-city, 500-bed hospital you hear, “Code Green, Main 5, Room 506.” That’s probably not a code you’ve heard before. A Code Green tells the team that an agitated individual needs help de-escalating. It sets into motion a rapid intervention to address violent situations and offers assistance and expertise in de-escalating a potentially dangerous encounter.…

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Harassment: It’s about abuse of power

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN You should feel safe at work. Nurses—everyone, in fact—have a right to a workplace free of harassment, but that’s too often not the case. A few years ago, I was asked to do some consulting about harassment in the workplace. A male physician had put his hand up a female nurse’s skirt as she…

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Workplace violence: A nurse tells her story

Author: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN It’s not okay, and it is a big deal. By Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, CPPS, FAAN “Personal boundary violation is not part of our job description. That statement is powerful because boundary setting is a part of our job. I believe that if we fail to establish and maintain personal boundaries, then we’ve…

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Stopping sexual harassment and violence against nurses

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN The importance of reporting Hardly a day goes by without another #MeToo story in the news, exposing an increasingly darker side of the worlds of academia, business, media, entertainment, sports, and to a lesser degree so far, healthcare.

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Patient violence: It’s not all in a day’s work

Author: Lori Locke, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Gail Bromley, PhD, RN; Karen A. Federspiel, DNP, MS, RN-BC, GCNS-BC Strategies for reducing patient violence and creating a safe workplace Takeaways: Nurses alleviate stress when they report incidents of workplace violence. Nurses need to be proactive and expect their organizations to provide them with workplace violence prevention education, support when they are traumatized,…

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