Hospital Stands By Nurses in Harassment Trial
Perhaps the proof is in the pudding at Northern Westchester Hospital, which has a long list of quality accolades. For example, it was recognized in September in the Joint Commission's annual report, Improving America's Hospitals, as a top performer in key quality measures. It was also recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of New York's leading regional hospitals.
Showing support for nurses is important when it comes to matters like improved quality, but it's also crucial for ensuring their safety. Many studies have shown that violence against healthcare workers is alarmingly prevalent, including a brand new one from the Merit Systems Protection Board.
That report, Employee Perceptions of Federal Workplace Violence, concluded that "employees who experience the largest incidence of client-based workplace violence are employees in the healthcare industry," particularly nurses. Also, women were more likely to be victims of workplace violence than men.
Violence against nurses is bad enough, but now these nurses are at the center of a very public trial. What a relief it must to at least have the hospital on their side, and what a relief to the other nurses who know that the hospital will back them up when they're trying to do their jobs.
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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