Violence against staff in hospitals has become disturbingly common. A recent study found 81% of nurses in NSW had experienced violence in the workplace in the previous six months.
Nurses are more likely to be attacked at work than prison guards and police officers.
Hospital settings create extreme stress for patients and the combined factors of being in an unfamiliar environment, being in poor health and often feeling vulnerable, result in a volatile workplace.
While some attacks can occur suddenly, there are behavioural indicators which often precede violent patient reactions:
As occupational violence and aggression continues to affect hospital workers across the country, healthcare providers are seeking preventative and reactive solutions.
The 6th Improving Safety & Security in Healthcare conference, being held in Melbourne from 21 – 22 April, will focus on OVA and behaviours of concern in Aged Care and Disability Services as well as hospitals. Attendees will learn about successful models that have achieved a reduction in OVA or improved the management of behaviours of concern. You will also walk away with new insight on multidisciplinary responses to better manage OVA.
This conference will give you insight into proven strategies to reduce and de-escalate aggression in the healthcare setting.