Nursing: Violence in the Workplace: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention

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About the Course

Workplace violence has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. People who work in health care settings are especially vulnerable to this problem. It is imperative that anyone working in health care settings, not just nurses, respond to all types of workplace violence. This course provides information about the prevalence of workplace violence, how to recognize a potentially violent individual or group of individuals, how to reduce the occurrence of workplace violence, and how to respond to violence. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of violence in the workplace.
  • Analyze the reasons that workplace violence is not reported.
  • Describe the response to an active shooter in the workplace.
  • Identify ways to deal with horizontal violence in the workplace.
  • Describe de-escalation techniques for defusing anger and agitation.
  • Discuss legislative efforts to stop/reduce workplace violence. 

About the Author:
Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MS in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care, physical medicine, and rehabilitation settings, with an emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing, in addition to a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her most recent publications include The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

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