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An update on training for workplace violence prevention

All employees, but especially those with direct patient contact, will learn skills in crisis intervention and behavioral safety management.

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows that injuries resulting from workplace violence appear to be increasing among all health care workers, and particularly among nursing assistants and nurses.

Health care workers and social assistant workers are nearly four times more likely to be injured because of workplace violence, according to OSHA.

Oregon Senate Bill 823 mandates that health care employer programs include data reporting, incident response, staff education and training, and policies and procedures.

To address these concerning statistics, the Asante Workplace Violence Prevention team has been meeting for just over a year and has completed a comprehensive organizational assessment. The team consists of a steering committee, operational workgroup and eight subcommittees. These teams are multidisciplinary and have representatives from many disciplines across the three Asante hospitals and APP.

In collaboration with the Asante Workplace Violence Prevention team, the Crisis Intervention training team is excited to announce updates to required employee training around workplace violence prevention, behavioral safety management and crisis intervention.

Please note, general categories and requirements below have updates to previous training plans process.

Leaders, please be aware of which category (see chart below) your staff falls into:

  • Staff in Tier 1 will be assigned the “Therapeutic Communication and De-escalation” training module this spring.
  • Staff in Tiers 2 and 3: New staff must attend the “Behavioral Management and Crisis Intervention” class upon hire. Non-clinical leaders, please email [email protected] to get information on staff attendance during the onboarding process.
  • Current employees who have taken crisis intervention training within the past two years remain on their current cycle. If the training has expired, please sign up for a class ASAP.
  • Current employees who have not taken the crisis intervention course have until December 2021 to complete their first class.

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