Violence Against Health Care Workers

Violence Against Health Care Workers


AMSN President Quoted in U.S. News & World Report Article on Workplace Violence

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.

From 2012 to 2014, injuries caused by patients nearly doubled among nurses and nurse assistants, show data published in April from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 psychiatric aides experienced violent injuries that resulted in days away from work at a rate 10 times higher than the next group – nursing assistants.

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