Friday, January 5, 2018

It is day 5 of 2018 and already the violence has hit! Can we as healthcare workers become change agents and can we change the culture of our environment?
The answer to this is a definite YES. So how can we do this?
There is a misconception from the top to the bottom that violence is part of the job. We as a whole need to change that. we change this by not accepting this!
There is a story of a nurse being assaulted, no security available her supervisor watched her getting assaulted, and once the patient was taken care of the supervisor told her to finish her shift or she would get fired. REALLY do they have that much control????
There are numerous stories like this.
Under federal law,we are entitled to a safe workplace.Our employer must provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards.
Why aren't they protecting us? Do we as healthcare workers just accept being assaulted by not writing out incident reports? calling the police? talking among each other?
I have done a lot of speaking engagements and the public hasn't got any idea that we get assaulted! We need to tell them.we need to use our power to let them know.
Please be safe and understand it is not part of your job to be assaulted!!!!!!!