Resisting Abuse: A Course for Health Care Workers


Studies show that health care providers are at sixteen times greater risk for non-fatal workplace violence than other workers, including law enforcement workers. Most health care workers have had at least one experience of being verbally, sexually, or physically harassed on the job.

This one-day program begins by examining the scope of the problem (how often does it happen, what's the impact, what's the context, what are the contributing factors?). We talk about how to prevent workplace violence and examine strategies for making violent incidents less likely to occur. And, while we focus on the assaults facing workers, we also look at the problem of patient and resident abuse - discussing how we come to terms with both issues, as workers determined to provide the best possible care under difficult circumstances.


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