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Virginia Organization of Nurse Leaders Fall Conference, Williamburg, VA; 11 November 2022

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November 2022


VCU Health's mission is to be the safest most caring hospital with zero events of preventable harm to patients, team members, and visitors. Our goal cannot be achieved if our staff suffer from workplace violence injuries thus, our executive leaders sponsored a Violence Task Force in 2017 comprised of leaders and bedside staff from all disciplines to implement evidence-informed strategies to aid in the prevention, response or recovery to a violent event. Review of data and measures of our outcomes are based on our worker's compensation, behavioral rapid response, and safety culture surveys. Event drill-downs are achieved by our post-assault huddle form to identify systemic root causes. Our data shows delirium and mental health issues as predictors of violence thus, proactive assessment and interdisciplinary rounding have demonstrated a reduction in lost or restricted days from work saving money. We have also invested in "no tolerance" signage and personal duress alarms.

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VCU Health Nursing

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Nursing Commons