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A talented, engaged workforce is a hospital’s most important resource. In order to maintain access to quality care, health systems must navigate workforce challenges and opportunities, including professional shortages, staff burnout, workplace violence and diversity. Please note: on some web browsers, document links may automatically download to your computer rather than open up on your screen.

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How to Survive a Cyberattack with Scripps Health: Part One
In response to the alarming rise of ransomware attacks, hospitals and health systems must stay vigilant by playing defense, having a mitigation plan and keeping lines of communication open with federal law enforcement. In this podcast, the CEO of Scripps Health talks about how his organization responded when cybercriminals attacked and breached the defenses of the well-prepared health system.
Podcast    Date Added: 07/10/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 10 2024 2:16PM  
The Woodlands Active Shooter And Mass Casualty Exercise
Texas Children's Hospital, in partnership with local law enforcement, held active shooter and mass casualty exercises showcased in this video. . The purpose of the exercises was to test the emergency notification procedures, train staff to respond to an active shooter or mass casualty event, and give law enforcement partners a chance to practice their tactical response.
Video    Date Added: 07/10/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 10 2024 2:23PM  
Workforce Safety Means Patient Safety
Welcome to “Safety Speaks,” an Advancing Health series from the American Hospital Association where hospital and health system leaders share successes from their organizations’ patient safety efforts. In this conversation, Tom Peterson, M.D., vice president and chief safety officer at Trinity Health, discusses how Trinity's focus on both workforce and patient safety is paying off.
Podcast    Date Added: 07/13/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 13 2024 9:46AM  
De-escalating Workplace Violence by 75% with WellSpan Health
In this American Hospital Association podcast, Kenneth Rogers, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer at WellSpan Health, discusses how the implementation of their Behavioral Health Emergency Response Team has successfully de-escalated workplace violence incidents by 75% since 2019, by increasing capacity for their team members to respond to situations that could result in violence.
Podcast    Date Added: 07/13/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 13 2024 9:53AM  
Prioritizing our Healthcare Workers: The Importance of Addressing the Intersection of Workplace Violence and Mental Health and Wellbeing
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blog, co-authored by the American Hospital Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, highlights efforts by federal agencies and the hospital field to address the mental health and well-being of health care workers following incidents of workplace violence.
Web link    Date Added: 07/13/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 13 2024 9:59AM  
Workplace Violence: Decreasing the Risk of Moving Agitation to Aggression - Session 2
Session two of this two-part webinar on workplace violence hosted by Mountain Pacific Quality Health covers appropriate responses for staff in highly emotional interactions and examines debriefing steps after such encounters.
Video    Date Added: 08/30/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 3 2023 1:27PM  
Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Health Care Setting
This guide from the Healthcare & Public Health Sector Coordinating Council offers step-by-step assistance to health care facilities in the planning, response and recovery of an active shooter event.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/30/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 30 2023 2:28PM  
Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses
This free, interactive course from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is designed to help health care workers better understand the scope and nature of violence in the workplace. Upon successful completion of the course, health care professionals can earn continuing education units.
Web link    Date Added: 09/13/2023    Date Last Modified: Dec 14 2023 4:30PM  
Addressing and Preventing Healthcare Workplace Violence
With the rise in health care workplace violence and its impact on an already word-down workforce, health system workers are more committed than ever to take action to increase caregiver safety. This webinar will share practical methods for preventing and responding to violence, which have resulted in increased reporting and faster response to incidents.
Web link    Date Added: 02/23/2022    Date Last Modified: Feb 23 2024 9:36AM  
2023 National Nurses United Workplace Violence Report
This report analyzes data gathered in 2023 by National Nurses United (NNU), the largest labor union and professional association for registered nurses in the United States, regarding nurses’ recent experiences of workplace violence. The data underscores the importance of prompt action to protect nurses, other health care workers and their patients.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/26/2024    Date Last Modified: Feb 26 2024 3:47PM  
Building a Safe Workplace and Community
The American Hospital Association's Hospitals Against Violence framework helps guide hospital and health system leadership to address the issues of violence in their workplaces, with an emphasis on educating and protecting the workforce.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/04/2023    Date Last Modified: Dec 4 2023 1:02PM  
Workplace Violence Toolkit
This toolkit from the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Nurses Association provides best practices to help hospitals create safe work environments.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/09/2024    Date Last Modified: Jan 9 2024 4:17PM  
Toolkit for Mitigating Violence in the Workplace
This toolkit from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the Emergency Nurses Association provides a step-by-step approach to mitigating violence in the health care workplace.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/31/2024    Date Last Modified: Jan 31 2024 11:30AM  
Training for Active Shooter in Health Care Settings
Baptist Memorial Health Care shares training for dealing with active shooter situations in this video.
Video    Date Added: 05/28/2024    Date Last Modified: May 28 2024 5:57PM  
Key Components of an Effective Workplace Violence Prevention Program: Leadership Engagement and Communication
This webinar from Telligen QI Connect shares methods for engaging hospital leadership in developing strong workplace violence prevention plans for improving communication with patients and families to mitigate violent events.
Video    Date Added: 05/29/2024    Date Last Modified: May 29 2024 12:36PM  
Building a Safe Workplace and Community: Mitigating the Risk of Violence
The American Hospital Association developed this framework to guide health care leaders in their efforts to prevent and mitigate violence. This issue brief examines risk mitigation and is the first in a series that expands on each domain of the framework: culture of safety, violence intervention, trauma support and risk mitigation.
Web link    Date Added: 05/29/2024    Date Last Modified: May 29 2024 11:22AM  
Creating Safer Workplaces: Safety Strategies that Worked
This case study examines how several hospitals and health systems adopted new safety strategies to create safer workplaces for their employees.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/29/2024    Date Last Modified: May 29 2024 12:38PM  
Improving Workplace Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Workplace Safety Supplemental Item Set
This document provides a list of references to websites and other publicly available resources that hospitals can use to improve workplace safety for providers and staff.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/21/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 21 2023 8:25AM  
Workplace Violence Poster
Health care workers have a 20 percent higher chance of being the victim of workplace violence than other workers. Hospitals can hang this poster to reinforce the message that all staff must feel safe and respected in the workplace, and that assaults against staff will not be tolerated.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/21/2024    Date Last Modified: Jan 21 2024 6:37PM  
Active Shooter Preparedness
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) aims to enhance active shooter preparedness through a “whole community” approach by providing a variety of no-cost products, tools, training and resources.
Web link    Date Added: 03/28/2024    Date Last Modified: Mar 28 2024 9:40AM  
Developing Effective Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies
The federal government reports that health care workers are five times more likely to experience workplace violence than employees in all other industries. This American Hospital Association executive dialogue explores how hospitals are using technology and training to mitigate risk, redesigning facilities and workflow processes to prioritize safety, and re-envisioning relationships with hospital security and others to support prevention and crisis response.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/28/2024    Date Last Modified: Mar 28 2024 9:49AM  
Creating and Implementing Your Workplace Violence Policy
In this IPRO HQIC Q&A session, health care professionals share their experiences in developing workplace violence policies and procedures.
Video    Date Added: 03/28/2024    Date Last Modified: Mar 28 2024 9:55AM  
Workplace Violence Policy Development Question & Answer Panel
In this recorded Q&A session from IPRO QIN-QIO, health care professionals share their experiences in developing workplace violence policies and procedures.
Video    Date Added: 04/03/2024    Date Last Modified: Apr 3 2024 5:50PM  
The Brøset Violence Checklist (BVC©)
The Brøset Violence Checklist is a six-item list which assists in the prediction of imminent violent behavior. The BVC began as a mental health care tool, and can be used by all staff working with patients or clients.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/08/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 8 2024 1:51PM  
Workplace Safety Supplemental Item Set for Hospital SOPS
The Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS®) Workplace Safety Supplemental Item Set for hospitals was designed the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for use with the core SOPS Hospital Survey to help hospitals assess the extent to which their organization's culture supports workplace safety for providers and staff.
Web link    Date Added: 08/17/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 17 2023 11:22AM  
Developing a Workplace Violence Prevention Program
This guide from the Tennessee Hospital Association provides recommendations, tools and case examples to aid hospitals in the development of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/21/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 21 2023 10:27AM  
Take a Stand: No More Violence to Health Care Workers
This infographic developed by The Joint Commission highlights statistics about violence toward health care workers.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/21/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 3 2023 1:15PM  
Checklist of Suggested Prevention Strategies for Workplace Violence on Hospital Unit
This checklist from The Joint Commission provides data-driven interventions for hospitals to consider in developing workplace violence prevention programs.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/21/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 21 2023 10:40AM  
Quick Safety: De-escalation in Health Care
The purpose of this "Quick Safety" article is to present some de-escalation models and interventions for managing aggressive and agitated patients in the Emergency Department and inpatient settings.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/21/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 21 2023 10:47AM  
R3 Report: Workplace Violence Prevention Standards
This article from The Joint Commission highlights 2022 revisions to Joint Commission standards providing a framework to guide hospitals in developing effective workplace violence prevention systems.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/23/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 23 2023 2:25PM  
Preventing Violence in Healthcare Gap Analysis
The purpose of this gap analysis from the Minnesota Department of Health is to help health care facilities implement best practices in order to prevent violence from patients to staff.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/23/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 23 2023 2:16PM  
Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers
This publication from the U.S. Department of Labor provides a general overview of worker rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/23/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 3 2023 1:24PM  
ASHRM Workplace Violence Toolkit
This tool from the American Society for Health Care Risk Management compiles guiding principles for preventing workplace violence from several leading organizations into a readiness survey for health care facilities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/23/2023    Date Last Modified: Aug 23 2023 2:31PM  
Workplace Violence: Decreasing the Risk of Moving Agitation to Aggression - Session 1
Session one of this workplace violence webinar hosted by Mountain Pacific Quality Health discusses precursors to agitation and aggression, and how to deescalate a situation before it becomes violent.
Video    Date Added: 08/30/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 3 2023 1:27PM  
Workplace Violence Prevention Resources
This website provides valuable information from The Joint Commission enterprise and other organizations related to workplace violence in health care.
Web link    Date Added: 02/22/2024    Date Last Modified: Feb 22 2024 8:38PM  
Guiding Principles for Mitigating Violence in the Workplace
The American Organization for Nursing Leadership and Emergency Nurses Association developed these principles to assist hospitals and health systems in customizing workplace violence protection programs to help protect their employees and patients through evidence-based practices.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/29/2024    Date Last Modified: May 29 2024 11:27AM  
Science-Based Strategies to Promote Clinician Well-Being and Patient Safety
This resource demonstrates how leaders can strategically apply human factors and ergonomics to reduce occupational stress on clinicians and others.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/22/2024    Date Last Modified: May 22 2024 11:02AM  
SAVE Health Care Workers from Workplace Violence (Infographic)
Currently, no federal law protects health care workers from workplace assault or intimidation. Congress should enact the Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act (H.R. 2584/S. 2768), which provides protections similar to those for flight crews, flight attendants and airport workers.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/09/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 9 2024 8:44AM