Stemming the Growing Epidemic of Violence in Health Care Facilities

Enrollment Information:
This enrollment will expire September 30, 2019.
You must complete all course requirements (including claiming CEs) and save/print the completion certificate by September 30, 2019.


While health care facilities are a place of care and healing, they are prone to violence. In fact, data from OSHA suggests that violence against providers caused by patients or visitors nearly doubled between 2012 and 2014. Violence is also four times more common in a health care setting than across all private industry. Despite the numbers, many providers still think a violent incident is something that will never happen to them or their organization. Yet, as recent high-profile violent incidents in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Ohio demonstrate, violence is a growing workplace epidemic that providers must confront.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this self-study you should be able to:

  • Identify the most pressing patient and staff security issues and trends
  • Discuss the core components of a workplace violence prevention and response program
  • Outline the duties of the Risk Manager and the critical role they play within the larger organization
  • Articulate the liability implications and relevant insurance safeguards
  • Draw from real examples and explore lessons learned


Level of Learning:


Domain of Practice:
Clinical/Patient Safety


Terese (Terry) Hopper
Richard Sem, CPP CSC


Criteria for Successful Completion:
To receive continuing nursing education contact hours, participants must achieve 80% on the post-test and complete an evaluation at its conclusion.


Continuing Education:
This program is approved contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and toward CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal. CE credit may be used toward CPHRM renewal only by those holding the credential at the time of the program.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour
Passing Score: 80%


Conflict of Interest Statement:
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest.

This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest.


Commercial Support:
There is no sponsorship for this event.


Date Published:  Q4 2018
Date to be Reviewed:  Q1 2020
Date of Contact Hour Expiration:  Q4 2019

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ASHRM & ANCC 1 hour January 01, 2019 - December 31, 2019