NIOSH Showcases Workplace Violence Prevention Course for Nurses

Published December 21, 2016

A new flier (PDF) from NIOSH highlights the agency’s workplace violence prevention course for nurses, a free, interactive course intended to help healthcare workers and others interested in learning about prevention strategies better understand the scope and nature of workplace violence. The course, which is available online via the NIOSH website, includes modules on the types and prevalence of workplace violence, prevention strategies for organizations and nurses, and the consequences of workplace violence. According to NIOSH, participants will also learn how to identify institutional, environmental, and policy risk factors for workplace violence; recognize behavioral warning signs of violence in individuals; use communication and teamwork skills to prevent and manage violence; identify appropriate resources to support injured healthcare workers; and help implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program.

Healthcare professionals who successfully complete the course can earn continuing education units, and more than 20,000 individuals have completed it so far. The course includes 13 modules and NIOSH estimates that each module takes about 15 minutes to complete.

For more information, see the course webpage on NIOSH’s site.

Related: OSHA is considering whether a standard is needed to help protect workers in healthcare and social assistance settings from workplace violence. Through a request for information (RFI) published earlier this month, OSHA seeks information about the scope of the problem in healthcare and social assistance, including the frequency of incidents of workplace violence, where those incidents most commonly occur, and who is most often the victim in those incidents. The agency will hold a public stakeholder meeting on this topic on Jan. 10, 2017, in Washington, DC. Read more in industry news on the AIHA website.