Description: Title: Workplace Violence in the Operating room Author: Melissa D. Berard, BSN, RN, CNOR Jacksonville University, and Forbes Hospital, Allegheny Health Network
Introduction: Workplace violence is prevalent in healthcare. Healthcare workers are 16 times more likely to experience workplace violence (Higgins & MacIntosh, 2010). Violence and abuse come in many forms: physical, psychological, emotional, and sexual or harassment. These behaviors are known to develop in high-stress hospital units such as the operating room (OR). When OR staff experience abuse it could lead to burnout, high staff turnover, and patient care and safety issues. In a study performed in 2015, it was found that in the healthcare setting, 49% of workplace violence is perpetrated by physicians (Park, Cho & Hong, 2015). Case scenario: The case presented is a scenario that occurred during my nursing practice for study of leadership response and resolution. A surgical technician was assaulted in the OR during a procedure. The response of the OR leadership was analyzed and evaluated for learning purposes and discussion.
Discussion: Violence and abuse in workplace is a continuous problem and in a healthcare setting and poses a safety issue for patients and staff.