November 07, 2019

Workplace Violence in Healthcare: When Being A Punching Bag Isn't Your Life's Calling

By Mimi Miller, J.D. Candidate 2021, Penn State Dickinson Law, Carlisle, PA

Introduction

Many healthcare providers, such as nurses, doctors, physician assistants, and nurse aides, experience physical and/or verbal assault by patients or patients’ families on a frequent basis.1 Workplace violence causes a multitude of problems, some of which are systemic. These assaults diminish healthcare workers’ ability to deliver care by causing post-traumatic stress disorder and fear in and out of the workplace.2 This violence has decreased the ability of facilities to provide the necessary care for patients and has reduced facility productivity.3

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