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What to do if you witness or are the victim of workplace violence

First and foremost know your institutions policies and procedures on workplace violence. OSHA has guidelines for written workplace violence protection programs (see link above for details). Contacting a supervisor and in-house security is important and usually required as an initial step in reporting violence. By all means do not hesitate to notify the police depending on the severity and duration of the situation. Written reports as well as verbal will be necessary and if the assault is from a patient good documentation of the patient's behavior in the medical record is essential legal documentation. For more details see the article "Can I Be Fired for Defending Myself Against Violence at Work? by Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD in Medscape Nurses 2010 [requires member login which is free].

November 3rd Special Report: Violence and Bullying in Nursing from Medscape for Nurses

Violence: Not in My Job Description
Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS, Medscape Nurses

Can I Be Fired for Defending Myself Against Violence at Work?
Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD, Medscape Nurses

How Can I Detect the Warning Signs of Extreme Violence in My Patients?
Mary E. Muscari, PhD, CPNP, APRN-BC, CFNS, Medscape Nurses

Bullying in the Nursing Profession
Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS, Medscape Nurses

Can I Sue if I Am Bullied at Work?
Carolyn Buppert, NP, JD, Medscape Nurses

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"Abusive behavior, dominance, workplace dynamics and patient safety are interrelated phenomenon and incredibly complex. "

The following links offer information on the rising occurance of workplace place against nurses, visitors and patients:

The Maine statutes only address the issue of assault on emergency medical personnel, which is a Class C crime. Here is a link to the law, which is cited as 17-A MRS, sec. 752-C. . Class C crimes are punishable by a fine not to exceed $5,000 and a sentence not to exceed 5 years.

Assault of non-emergency medical providers would be a Class D crime. Here is a link to that law.

Any legislation to amend the assault laws would have to be proposed through one's legislative representative. If you do not know who your legislators are you can find out here... and

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