Sep 02 2014

Violence in Health Care: Facts and Motivations

OncLive logoBy Beth Fand Incollingo

It took just a minute and a half for a disgruntled patient to leave his deadly mark on a Nevada urology clinic, irreversibly changing the lives of everyone inside. In the time it would have taken staff members at the Reno office to copy a couple of insurance cards or set someone up in an exam room, the man left a doctor dead, two others injured, and employees and patients shouldering the weight of grief, shock, and fear. Read the entire article on: OncLive  

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Aug 29 2014

Protect yourself from bullies at work


By Beth Taylor Bullies aren't just a grade-school phenomenon; you'll find bullies and bullying behavior in offices and workplaces, long after you've reached adulthood. If you are stuck working with a bully, there are ways to mitigate the damage and protect yourself.Laurie Meyers points out in the American Psychological Association (APA) magazine, Monitor, that in order to deal with bullies we first need to define what is bullying behavior. This is challenging. Read the entire article on: Related: Help for anyone being bullied at work  

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Aug 28 2014

Fighting Workplace Violence

fist poundingBy Carol Patton

Are your employees safe? Although employers have an obligation to protect workers from unsafe conditions, not all do. OSHA recently applied its "general duty clause" to cite two different companies for willful violation and assessed fines. The broad duty clause, which falls under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, requires employers to create a workplace that's free from recognized hazards causing or likely to cause serious physical harm or death to employees. Read the entire article on: Human Resource Executive  

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Aug 27 2014

Hospital workplace safety bills on governor’s desk

health care workerBy Kathy Robertson

Senate Bill 1299 by Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla from Pacoima requires hospitals to develop comprehensive safety plans to minimize violence in the workplace. Plans must evaluate staffing levels to determine if low staffing increases the risk of violence. They also must consider security risks associated with certain units, availability of security personnel, areas of the hospital with uncontrolled access, late-night and early-morning shifts, and security in parking lots and other areas. The bill requires the California Division of Occupational Safety & Health to report violent incidents at hospitals on its website. Read the entire article on: Sacramento Business Journal  

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Aug 26 2014

Can Boomers Stop The Bullying At Work?

Forbes logoBy Nancy Collamer

If you saw a young child being pushed around on the playground, chances are you would intervene. But are you equally proactive when you see bullying at work? While this may sound like a hypothetical question, it’s anything but. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), 27% of Americans have been bullied at work, 21% have witnessed it and 72% of us are aware that workplace bullying happens. Real bullying involves more than just bad management and obnoxious behavior. Read the entire article on: Related: Help for anyone being bullied at work  

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