63% of nurses said their employer didn't adequately handle workplace violence

Forty-one percent of nurses said they had been a victim of bullying, incivility or other forms of workplace violence, and 63 percent said their organization didn't handle the situation in a satisfactory way, according to an AMN Healthcare 2019 survey.  

The survey staffing company collected 19,967 responses from registered nurses in the U.S. between March 27 and May 1. Results revealed 81 percent of nurses are satisfied with their career choice but 66 percent worry the job affects their health. Almost half (44 percent) said they often feel like quitting.

Experts believe these statistics are conservative, as many nurses could be desensitized to verbal and physical harassment, according to CBS News.

Teaching de-escalation techniques in nursing and medical school, installing panic buttons in hospital rooms, and encouraging victims to report incidents can help keep nurses safe and in the industry, CBS News reports.

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