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Did they mean to hit me? The need for a clear work-place violence definition

Healthcare and social assistance workers are five times more likely to be injured or require time off work because of WPV, according to OSHA. The Joint Commission reports that 73% of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses causing days of missed work in healthcare are connected to WPV. The added stress of being verbally or physically assaulted at the workplace has contributed to mental health issues and high turnover rates among healthcare workers.

This fact alone should be enough to encourage healthcare leadership to take action to protect staff. But if it isn’t, leadership should consider that WPV also impacts patient safety and outcomes—as well as the organization’s bottom line.

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