According to Q2 2022 statistics from Press Ganey, a leader in patient, member, employee and consumer experience across the healthcare ecosystem, more than two nurses are assaulted every hour. That equates to roughly 57 assaults per day, 1,739 assaults per month and 5,217 assaults per quarter.
Nurses take an oath to do no harm, and many put their own safety and health at risk to help a patient. However, violence should not be considered just “part of the job.” What’s especially concerning about these numbers is that they are likely even higher, as assaults generally go underreported by healthcare professionals — and nurses in particular.Jeff Doucette, DNP, R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, chief nursing officer, Press Ganey
Press Ganey’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) also unveiled staggering statistics, such as:
Violence toward nurses has reached an alarming rate, nearing, if not already, an epidemic. We are calling on all healthcare leaders to declare zero tolerance for hostility toward healthcare workers, improve caregiver well-being and advance our shared commitment to zero harm. Nurses deserve to be protected and feel safe while caring for people in their most vulnerable state.Jeff Doucette, DNP, R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN
Here are steps that healthcare organizations can take to mitigate violence against nurses:
For more exclusive research and best practices for prioritizing nurse safety, visit Press Ganey.
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