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Violence toward Health Care Workers

Violence toward Health Care Workers Violence Toward Health Care Workers AN EMERGING OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD by Jane A. Lipscomb, PhD, RN, and Colleen C. Love, MA, RN h e occupational risk of injury and illness many occupational health studies over the past associated with employment in the health decade. T care industry may be greater than read­ By contrast, violence toward health care work­ ers think. Well known hazards such as exposure ers has only recently been addressed as an occu­ to bloodborne pathogens, chemotherapeutic pational health hazard. On April 26, 1989, Dr. agents, and radiation have been the subject of Donald Millar, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), told the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health and Safety, "Another issue of concern to (NIOSH) is the violent -assault of nurses inside and outside of facilities where they must work at ABOUT THE AUTHORS: night. In addition, there are a number of injuries that are caused by attacks by patients at hospi­ Dr. Lipscomb is Assistant Professor and Director tals." of Occupational Health Nursing, Department of Soloff (1987) specifically addressed this issue by stating, "Violence is endemic in the mental Mental Health, Community, and Administrative health treatment setting and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AAOHN Journal SAGE

Violence toward Health Care Workers

AAOHN Journal , Volume 40 (5): 10 – May 1, 1992

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© 1992 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
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0891-0162
DOI
10.1177/216507999204000503
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Abstract

Violence Toward Health Care Workers AN EMERGING OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD by Jane A. Lipscomb, PhD, RN, and Colleen C. Love, MA, RN h e occupational risk of injury and illness many occupational health studies over the past associated with employment in the health decade. T care industry may be greater than read­ By contrast, violence toward health care work­ ers think. Well known hazards such as exposure ers has only recently been addressed as an occu­ to bloodborne pathogens, chemotherapeutic pational health hazard. On April 26, 1989, Dr. agents, and radiation have been the subject of Donald Millar, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), told the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health and Safety, "Another issue of concern to (NIOSH) is the violent -assault of nurses inside and outside of facilities where they must work at ABOUT THE AUTHORS: night. In addition, there are a number of injuries that are caused by attacks by patients at hospi­ Dr. Lipscomb is Assistant Professor and Director tals." of Occupational Health Nursing, Department of Soloff (1987) specifically addressed this issue by stating, "Violence is endemic in the mental Mental Health, Community, and Administrative health treatment setting and

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Published: May 1, 1992

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