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Online Workplace Violence Prevention Course for Nurses

DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2013-155
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CDC Course Number: WB4525

Course Description

This free, interactive course is designed to help healthcare workers better understand the scope and nature of violence in the workplace. Upon successful completion of the course, healthcare professionals can earn continuing education units.

Course modules include:

  • Definition, types, and prevalence
  • Workplace violence consequences
  • Risk factors for violence
  • Prevention strategies for organizations
  • Prevention strategies for nurses
  • Post event response

Suggested Citation:

NIOSH [2013]. Workplace violence prevention for nurses. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-155.

Technical Requirements

Computer hardware (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile devices); internet connection.

Instructions for obtaining continuing education (CE)

To receive continuing education (CE) for WB4525-Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses, please visit CDC TRAIN and search for the course in the Course Catalog using WB4525. Follow the steps below by May 08, 2026.

1. Register for and complete the course.
2. Pass the post-assessment at 81%.
3. Complete the evaluation.
4. Visit Your Learning to access your certificates and transcript.

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify institutional, environmental, and policy risk factors for workplace violence
  • Recognize behavioral warning signs of violence in individuals
  • Define communication skills used to prevent and manage workplace violence
  • Examine appropriate resources/strategies to support injured healthcare professionals
  • Recognize at least 3 key elements of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program
  • Identify effective team skills by sharing information effectively, listening and responding to feedback from others, and using simple communication

Target Audience

Anyone can take the course to learn about violence in healthcare workplace settings, but content is intended for healthcare professionals who want an introduction to workplace violence prevention strategies, including:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Certified Health Educators
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses
  • Other Health Educators
  • Physicians Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Veterinarians
  • Nursing Students
  • Medical Students


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Accreditation Statements

In support of improving patient care, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for 3.0 nursing contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.3 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 3.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 3.0. Continuing Competency credits available are 3.0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a preapproved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 3.0 CPH recertification credits for this program.

Disclosure Statement

In compliance with continuing education requirements, all planners and presenters must disclose all financial relationships, in any amount, with ineligible companies during the previous 24 months as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or products under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, and content experts wish to disclose they have no financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept financial or in-kind support from ineligible companies for this continuing education activity.


No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Contact Information

For assistance with registration, completing the course assessment and posttest, transcripts, and printing continuing education certificates, please contact Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO). Training and Continuing Education Online (TCEO) can be reached via:

Email: Training and continuing Education Online

Faculty and Other Contributors


Cammie Chaumont Menendez, MS, MPH, PhD
Research Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Gordon Lee Gillespie, PhD, DNP, RN, CEN, CNE, CPEN, PHCNS-BC, FAEN, FAAN
Professor, Associate Dean for Research, & Director Occupational Health Nursing Program, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Daniel Hartley, EdD
Epidemiologist, Scientific Review Officer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Kathleen McPhaul, PhD, MPH, RN, COHN-S
Associate Research Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Marilyn Lou Ridenour, BSN, MBA, MPH
Scientific Review Officer, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Jonathan Rosen, MS CIH FAIHA
Safety & Health/ Industrial Hygiene Consultant

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) would like to acknowledge our past contributors:

Barbara M. Costa, AB, MS
John Craine, BA, MBA, MS
Donna Gates, EdD, MSPH, MSN, BSN
Susan Goodwin Gerberich, PhD, MSPH, BS
MaryAnn Gruden, MSN, RN, FNP, COHN-S/CM
Lee Ann Hoff, PhD, MSN, BSN
Nancy Hughes, MS, RN
Marilyn Lanza, DNSc, MS, BS
Matthew London, MS Industrial Hygiene
Carol W. Runyan, MPH, PhD

Eric Knutsen
John Britton

RENEWAL DATE: May 08, 2024