Health care workers are often subjected to violence on the job, which can range from shoving to shooting.
As statistics point to a rise in attacks, attention is turning to the need for mental health resources
and policy reforms.
Here’s an alarming statistic: In the past decade or so, there has been a 110 percent spike
in the rate of violent incidents reported against health-care workers. In one informal survey,
as many as one-in-four nurses suggested that they had been attacked at work between 2013 and 2014 alone.
The recent explosion in shootings at public places is perhaps the most alarming current development
in American society. Schools, universities, malls, theaters, and, yes, even churches are targets for such tragedies.
The OSHA workplace violence website provides information on the extent of violence in the workplace,
assessing the hazards in different settings and developing workplace violence prevention plans for individual worksites.