Workplace Violence in Healthcare by Dr. Anna Dermenchyan | Episode 3 - Amplified RN News Show
ANA\California Member and media-trained nurse, Dr. Anna Dermenchyan, , PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CPHQ, discusses how registered nurses can advocate for proactive solutions to workplace violence, from both patients and staff.
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Jared Fesler 0:14
Welcome to the Amplified RN News Show where we're turning up the volume on nursing news in California. Today we're going to be diving into the topic of workplace violence in healthcare. And we're joined by Anna Dermenchyan an ANA\California member and media trained nurse. Thank you for joining us, Anna. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about why you're an expert on this topic.
Anna Dermenchyan 0:36
Thank you, Jared. Thank you for having me. Hi, everyone. I'm Anna Dermenchyan. I am a doctorally prepared critical care nurse who is the current director of quality for the Department of Medicine at UCLA Health. In this role, I lead improvement initiatives strategic planning, program development and execution and organizational processes and processes and policy improvements. I'm happy to join you.
Jared Fesler 1:01
Thank you, Anna. So it's a pretty well-known statistic that nurses face some of the highest rates of violence and the workplace one in four, and that might be underreported. Can you tell us a little bit more about this problem and why this is happening?
Anna Dermenchyan 1:16
Yes, unfortunately, workplace violence is all too common in healthcare settings. And we see this around this workplace violence, unfortunately, is a problem. It's an unacceptable situation. But yet, it's a reality for many nurses. I just want to share a few statistics if that's okay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in health care and social assistance settings are five times more likely to be targeted of non fatal assaults, or violent acts than the average worker in all other occupations. So we're in a high risk position. And then according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, as all of us know, the number of violent events in healthcare workplace equals the number of all the other industries combined. So knowing this number we know we are at risk of facin