Published: Steven Palazzo

Steven Pallazzo (Nursing) and co-author Gordon Lee Gillispie had his article "Violence should not be part of the job" published by American Nurse. The prevalence of workplace violence (WPV) by patients and visitors is increasing. It’s particularly pervasive in emergency and psychiatric departments, but it also occurs in medical/surgical and other hospital units. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that WPV in hospitals is approximately five times greater than in all private industries, and healthcare-related WPV fatalities comprise 3% of WPV fatalities across all private industries. About one-third of WPV incidents are significant enough to warrant physical intervention. Violence that nurses experience at work can surprise and overwhelm them, leaving them unable to safely provide patient care.

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