Home care nurses at unique risk for workplace violence

Safety risks exist in homes and neighborhoods
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By Janice Petrella Lynch, MSN, RN
Workplace violence is a recognized hazard in healthcare that is defined as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other disruptive behavior that occurs at the workplace, according to the Department of Labor’s Occupation Safety and Health Administration. For home care nurses whose workplaces are patients’ homes in sometimes unfamiliar or unsafe neighborhoods, the threat of violence is real.
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