The health care sector continues to lead all other industry sectors in incidence of nonfatal workplace assaults. In 2000, 48% of all nonfatal injuries from violent acts against workers occurred in the health care sector (BLS, 2001). Health care and social services workers have the highest rate of nonfatal assault injuries (BLS, as cited in American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 2004). A 2001, American Nurses Association National Sample demonstrated: 1. 17% of responding RN's were victims of physical assault within 1 year. 2. 56.6% were threatened or experienced verbal abuse. 3. Workplace violence costs an estimated $55 million annually in lost wages (OSHA, 2004). Overall Study: to identify individual, environmental and organizational risk and protective factors for negative health and employment outcomes from all forms of workplace violence (WPV) among nursing personnel. Baseline Study: to characterize the study sample and to identify factors that impact work outcomes as a result of incidents of WPV: A. absenteeism, B. job satisfaction, C. intent to stay on the job.
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