Nebraska Hospital Association discusses growing violence in hospitals

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The American Hospital Association recognized Friday as a national day of awareness to end violence in our hospitals.

Recently, hospitals have seen a rise in violence directed at health care providers, causing the Nebraska Hospital Association to hold a conference to address the issue and increase awareness.

“Violence against our health care workers is not uncommon or isolated to just a few incidents,” said NHA President Jeremy Nordquist. “More and more of our health care heroes are facing violence, both physical assault and verbal threats and more, are reporting it.”

According to the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security, health care workers are five times more likely to be a victim of violence then the average worker.

Since the pandemic began, abuse toward health care workers has risen, causing some to leave the profession due to the mental and physical toll it has taken on them.

“We can’t afford the loss of these skilled and compassionate caregivers if we want to continue to meet the health care needs of our community,” said Dr. Lisa Vail, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Bryan Health.

A national study also showed that 44% of nurses experienced physical violence and 68% experienced verbal abuse in the workplace.

During the conference, several speakers, including Nordquist and Vail, talked about measures they are continuing to implement to prevent violent situations from occurring.

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