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Health Care Providers Seek Solutions for Increase in Workplace Violence

Published: June 6, 2022

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Profanities aimed at nurses.

Taser needed in the emergency room.

Physical assault of front-desk personnel. 

Nebraska health care officials said they’re seeing a significant uptick in violence aimed at medical professionals. And after deadly incidents at hospitals in Tulsa and Dayton this week, they’re seeing more nurses and health care workers considering switching jobs.

Jeff Farmer, public safety director at Nebraska Methodist Systems, said he’s training more staff on de-escalation techniques to prevent arguments from escalating into greater violence. He added that his organization has submitted a federal Homeland Security grant request toward obtaining “weapons detection technology” to keep employees safe.

Nebraska Examiner: Health Care Providers Seek Solutions for Increase in Workplace Violence

KMTV: Nebraska Nurses Talk About Violence in Our Hospitals

Lincoln Journal Star: Violence Threat Has Gotten Worse, Nebraska Health Care Workers Say