No unit is immune to workplace violence
The ED and other units can identify strategies to keep patients and staff safe
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By Heather Stringer
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Lisa Wolf, PhD, RN, CEN, was working in the emergency department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass., when she experienced a painful reminder that workplace violence is a reality for nurses. She was caring for a psychiatric patient in his 80s, and as she attempted to move him in his bed, the patient kicked her in the face. The blow to her temple left her momentarily confused and in considerable pain. If the patient had been wearing shoes, Wolf suspects she would have been knocked unconscious.
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