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Here are a couple of articles that I’ve gleaned lately concerning workplace violence.
Security Officers to Receive Firearms at Mo. Hospital St. Joseph News-Press (MO) (04/29/14) Hoppa, Kristin Derek Conz, the security team leader at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Missouri, says that 13 security guards will be authorized to carry and use a .9-millimeter pistol during patrol duty on the hospital’s campus beginning May 1. According to Conz, the security officers went through the same training as police cadets as well as additional training that exceeds current training standards. Heartland’s board of trustees provided the funds to purchase the firearms, after deciding in August 2013 to add armed guards to the campus. The board required all officers to undergo new background checks, firearm qualifications, and a psychological exam before assigning them as armed guards. Each guard must also qualify for re-certification twice a year. Conz said that having armed security guards on Heartland’s campus will help ensure that all staff, patients, and visitors are safe, particularly after the security team had to deal with an incident earlier in the year where a man with a handgun entered the main lobby of the hospital. The security team that responded was armed only with Tasers.
Nurse Stabbings Spur Calls for Workplace Violence Prevention
“It’s a job we all love and you just want to come to work and do it and be safe,” said Margie Keenan, a nurse of 40 years
By Vikki Vargas and Willian Avila | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 | Updated 9:38 PM PDT
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The stabbings of two nurses in different hospitals on the same day is putting the spotlight on efforts to make hospitals more accountable for incidents of violence. Vikki Vargas reports from Long Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Less than a week after two on-duty nurses were stabbed in separate attacks at Southern California hospitals, a state senate labor committee will hear for the first time from healthcare workers about workplace violence prevention plans.
A proposed senate bill would require hospitals to report violent workplace incidents to Cal/OSHA and to make those statistics available online. It would also force hospitals to have prevention programs and annual training in place.
However, the California Hospital Association said the proposed bill only duplicates existing law, calling it “vague, costly” and “not grounded in hospital safety/security principles.”
The bill, SB-1299, was introduced by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles), who is running for secretary of state and lists on his website the California Nurses Association among his endorsers.
Hospital workers and state lawmakers are set to meet Thursday, after a pair of attacks on nurses at UCLA medical facilities on the same day.
The first attack took place at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar just after 2 a.m. Sunday. A nurse was stabbed in the torso by a 26-year-old man who ran past a weapons screening area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested and the nurse was in critically hurt.
The second attack happened a few hours later at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance when a man grabbed a nurse from behind and stabbed her in the ear with what was believed to be a pencil. The 38-year-old attacker was arrested and the nurse was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, sheriff’s officials said.
At California State University, Long Beach, one of the required courses for all nursing students is a class in non-violent crisis intervention.
Some students said they never thought it would be part of their mandatory curriculum, but they have learned now to negotiate with angry patients and deflect a physical fight.
“It’s a job we all love and you just want to come to work and do it and be safe,” said Margie Keenan, a nurse of 40 years.
Business Security a Balance of Risk, Cost Atlanta Journal-Constitution (04/30/14) P. 8A Kanell, Michael E.; Yamanouchi, Kelly With workplaces being the most common place where mass shootings occur, according to a 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service, businesses want to implement strong security to prevent such incidents from taking place. However, they must balance the risks of a mass shooting with the cost of providing a level of security capable of protecting against these types of attacks. According to Darrell Mercer, the owner of Mercer Protection Agency, this level of security could include armed guards, cameras, electronic badges for employees, locked doors, and metal detectors. One way to keep costs down and avoid implementing excessive security measures is to be on the lookout for indicators that potentially violent employees often display before an incident of workplace violence occurs, said OR3M Chief Security Officer Jeffrey Slotnick. These behaviors can include aggression, depression, threatening behavior, and making references to weaponry. Slotnick says that when these indicators are present in clusters, they should be reported to the organization’s crisis management team which can offer assistance or counseling to prevent an incident from occurring.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace/school violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 22 studying workplace/school violence issues.
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