Violent acts among humans have only continued to increase every year through many different conflicts. Of course nurses are not immune to violent attacks, as they are exposed to many attacks in their line of work. According to oncnursing news, workplace violence against nurses has increased by 110% over the last decade. According to the NIOSH, there are four main types of workplace violence according to the NIOSH: the perpetrator has criminal intent and has no relationship to the business or its employees, a customer, client, or patient becomes violent when receiving care or services, employee-to-employee violence, personal relationship violence. The main problem however, is the fact that most acts of violence are unreported, leading to many perpetrators not receiving the punishment they deserve.
There are fewer accounts of violent attacks because there is no official installment of a workplace violence prevention for health care workers. This means that there is no official way for health care workers to report acts of violence when they occur. One small positive aspect of this is that some states have decided that increasing the punishments for these acts of violence is only fair since there is no official system for health care workers to report these type of incidents. So when incidents occur, legislators hope that enforcing harsher punishments will prevent future violence.
The most common type of violence is type two, when a customer, client, or patient becomes violent when receiving care or services. These types are violence are also the most unreported because many hospital’s corporate leaders are heavily focused on customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction means more revenue, which essentially means that these corporate models are more profit driven than willing to protect their workers. What is most disturbing is that according to Edith Borus, many nurses allow this type of violence because they believe it is a part of their job. They believe it is their duty to serve these ill patients and violence is only one aspect of the job.
The most obvious solution to this violence is creating a workplace violence protection program. This makes it so that these hard caring health care workers can be well protected while they do their job. If most violence acts are undetected and unsolved, then these workers will never be safe at work. Of course it is not a permanent solution, but it is a step in the right direction for better protection of workers everywhere.