Slide 1- Introduction
In most workplaces today, numerous cases of workplace violence result from multiple factors. Healthcare organizations feel the heaviest pinch from aggression in the workplace (Gillespie et al., 2014). It is a hazard in healthcare organizations. It is considered as a threat or act of physical nuisance, bullying, violence or any other unruly conduct that happens at the workplace. Workplace aggression is a massive issue in the healthcare sector, calling for immediate passage of HR 5223.
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Health care providers face the highest level of risk of abuse among all the professions across the globe. Today, around 8-38 percent of healthcare workers are experiencing physical violence in their careers (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2019). At the same time, many of the healthcare providers are often exposed to verbal attack or threats. In most cases, violence in the workplace is perpetrated by visitors and patients. In unfortunate or conflict situations, healthcare workers can be targeted by political or collective violence (Hader, 2018).
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Violence perpetrated against healthcare providers is unacceptable. It has negative impacts on the physical and psychological wellbeing of healthcare workers. It also has a significant effect on their motivation at work (Lanctot & Guay, 2014). As a result, violence affects the quality of health care provided thus putting healthcare provision at significant risk. Steps should be taken to prevent violent incidences in the healthcare setting, mainly through better management of violent patients as well as high-risk visitors.
Current Risks faced by healthcare providers from workplace violence
There are numerous risks that healthcare providers may face from workplace violence. Some of the dangers include trauma associated with the lousy experience of violence and injuries that can sometimes be severe (Magnavita, 2014). At the same time, abuse can result in increased levels of stress among healthcare professionals, hence affecting their morale. Some healthcare workers who experience violence in the workplace may sometimes experience permanent or inability to continue with their careers.
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There is also a high cost associated with litigation against those who perpetrate the violence. Many of those who experience workplace violence develop fear, anger, and guilt that negatively impact their work. The employees also tend to lose their morale because of the fear of being attacked (Magnavita, 2014). In healthcare organizations where workplace violence often occurs, their image among the public is distorted. It takes a great deal of time for such organizations to gain the trust of the people again. In places with violence, death can sometimes be inevitable, particularly in cases of physical abuse.
Those who are more at risk
Healthcare workers, nurses, and doctors are continuously at higher risk of workplace violence because they are directly involved in patient care. Others include paramedics and emergency room staffs. This calls for immediate implementation of the Health Care Workplace Violence Protection Act that puts a comprehensive plan for solving this widespread issue. Patients and their loved ones are at risk too since violence affects anyone around (Gillespie et al., 2014).
Passage of HR 5223
Passing the HR 5223 by Congress would be a great addition to the improvement of activities in the healthcare industry. The bill would work towards reducing the cases of workplace violence in healthcare sectors. It would supplement the operations of OSHA to create a national standard for preventing violence. The bill is a crucial addition and anyone who can see the effects of abuse in healthcare workplaces would support it as well.
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HR 5223 is mostly focused on the prevention, training, as well as the participation of all members of the healthcare provision team to develop adequate national standards that would help reduce the issue of violence. Corporate staffing is considered as a crucial strategy in preventing the occurrence of abuse (Papa & Venella, 2015).
The passage of HR 5223 would hugely impact OSHA regulatory body by developing workplace related regulations for the reduction of violence, which it did not have. Currently, OSHA does have rules that are specifically meant to reduce workplace violence.
Stakeholders who would benefit from the passage of the HR 5223
Different stakeholders would benefit from the passage of the bill. First of all, healthcare providers would be saved from the fear of being attacked. The patients, on the other hand, will benefit from the conducive environment for the providers to offer them quality healthcare. Healthcare workers would be motivated to provide high-quality services (Smith-Pitman & McKoy, 2014). Cases of injuries or death among healthcare providers and patients would be reduced.
Potential barriers to the passage of HR 5223
Passage of the law may meet specific barriers. First of all, the bill must go through both the upper and lower house and garner the support of the majority. It the majority do not support the law; it would not be passed. This, therefore, requires intensive lobbying among the legislators. Training programs should be effected to underline the value of the bill.
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