Healthcare workers face daily threats to their safety as they care for patients. In 2019, the Nevada Legislature passed AB348 mandating that all hospitals develop and carry out a plan for the prevention of workplace violence.

The Nevada Hospital Association will be hosting a one-day workshop for members on workplace violence prevention with presenter Lynda Enos, RN, BSN, MS, COHN-S, CPE. This workshop, Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating Effective Workplace Violence Programs (WPV) for Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics, will be offered in Reno on Monday, March 23, and in Las Vegas on March 25 AND March 27, from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.

Ms. Enos is an occupational health nurse and certified professional ergonomist with over 25 years of work and consulting experience in industrial and health care ergonomics. The focus of this interactive workshop is the development of effective and sustainable WPV programs. Attendees will be provided with practical information and tools that allows them to develop or enhance an existing WPV program at their facility.

NHA member hospitals are encouraged to send team members who are or who will be involved in the development and management of WPV programs. This includes, but is not limited to, safety and security directors, risk management staff, emergency department and inpatient behavioral health managers, human resources and employee health staff.

Topics include:

  • Background to the development and use of the toolkit and lessons learned from the five hospitals that participated in the Oregon Workplace Safety Initiative Workplace WPV Project.
  • Understanding Workplace Violence (WPV) in Health Care: A brief overview of current data and evidence-based practice related to WPV in healthcare; program structure and how a WPV program related to maintaining a culture of worker and patient safety.
  • Getting Started: Collecting, analyzing and presenting WPV-related injury data; securing leadership support for program development; and forming or enhancing your WPV committee.
  • Hazard Identification & Assessment: Defining the full scope of WPV related issues and risk at your facility through completion of a Gap analysis; staff surveys and safety and security assessment of the facility.
  • Developing the WPV Program Plan: Program elements; policy development; and communication activities to socialize the WPV program.
  • Hazard Control and Prevention: A brief overview will be provided of common WPV prevention and control strategies and tools including building design and safety and security measures; patient assessment tools and protocols for managing and responding to violence; and effective use of security personnel. Note: de-escalation techniques or specific clinical interventions to manage violence will not be discussed in detailed
  • Education and Training: Developing a comprehensive education plan and knowing what training resources are available.
  • Implementing and Evaluating the Program: Recommendations for successful implementation and tool and strategies for program evaluation (outcomes and processes) and ongoing communication of outcomes.
  • Key Elements of Program Improvement & Sustainability

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe key components of a sustainable WPV program.
  • Identify data needed to define the scope of WPV at your facility and to evaluate a WPV program.
  • Define how to develop a comprehensive WPV program plan that is supported by leadership.
  • Identify resources needed to manage, implement and sustain a WPV program.
  • Identify common barriers to implementing a WPV program and how to address them.
  • Start development of a WPV program plan and gap analysis of current WPV efforts at your facility.

A digital copy of the Oregon Workplace Safety Initiative Workplace Violence in Healthcare: A Toolkit for Prevention and Management will be provided to participants together with other presentation materials.

Attendees will participate in group-based work activities throughout the day with the goal of developing a draft WPV program plan for their facility. At least one person from each hospital attending is encouraged to bring a laptop so that they can take notes during the group work and access toolkit documents, as needed.

Registration will be available in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact Marissa Brown,  NHA Workforce and Clinical Services Director, at 775-827-0184 or marissa@nvha.net.