The rate of violent incidents occurring at hospitals is on the rise. That’s why more nurses are speaking out and seeking reform in how hospitals handle these injustices, according to a recent report from the Chicago Tribune.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospitals have the highest rate of intentionally injured employees on the job across private industries, with 8.5 cases per 10,000 hospital workers. The Tribune report comes as nurses across the nation decide that enough is enough and are actively advocating for reform.
Nurses often deal with highly emotional family members and patients. Yet putting themselves in harm’s way has long seemed to be an expected part of the job. And that’s not only on attackers – hospital culture must change as well.
… many health care workers — especially nurses — say they deal with more minor incidents of physical aggression or verbal abuse on an almost daily basis. Many have stories of intoxicated or delusional patients who spit, claw and hit, or angry family members who threaten lawsuits or even lives. For too long, nursing advocates say, aggression toward hospital workers has been chalked up to just an unfortunate part of the job, and patients are rarely held accountable.
While grassroots campaigns are gaining traction across the country, many wonder if a nationwide standard would be effective. Just like patients, no two hospitals are the same. What works for one may be horribly inefficient for another. But no matter what, violence in any form against nurses is a problem that absolutely has to be addressed. The Tribune report is an in-depth look at the issue, and the examples it provides bring to light an issue that has too long been in the dark.