Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses
CDC Course No. WB4525 – NIOSH Pub. No. 2013-155
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 type II and III violence
- Prevention strategies for organizations
- Prevention strategies for nurses
- Post event response
By completing the course, healthcare workers will be able to:
- 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
Who can take the course?
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
- Nursing Students
- Medical Students
Are there any prerequisites to take the course?
There are no prerequisites to take the course.
How long does it take to complete the course?
Time to complete the course varies by each user. There are 13 modules in the training, and each module takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
What materials or equipment do I need to take the course?
How do I get credit for taking the course?
Upon completing the course, you must complete the online posttest and evaluation. Refer to the Instructions for Course Credit below.
How long is the posttest?
The posttest consists of 11 multiple choice questions.
- After viewing the Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses course, go to CDC Training and Continuing Education Online.
- If you have not registered as a participant, click new participant to create a user ID and password.
- If you have already registered in this system, enter your same login credentials. This will ensure an accurate transcript.
- Visit Search Courses to find the course.
- Scroll down and click on the title of the course.
- Review the information on the Course Summary page and click Continue.
- If prompted, enter in the Course Code or Verification Code in the Course Access Code box. (Hint: these codes are provided by the course instructor or may be found in the course materials).
- Choose the type of continuing education you’d like to earn. You can select more than one.
- Under Pending CE on the My Activities page, click on the course Evaluation and complete it. You will be returned to the My Activities page.
- Under Pending CE, click on the posttest and complete it. If you don’t pass the posttest, you will have one opportunity to retake it.
- Visit the Completed CE section of the My Activities to download your certificate.
Note: This course does not require a Course Code or Verification Code to access.
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:
Course content comes from the OSHA 2004 Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care & Social Service Workers (OSHA 3148-01R 2004) and subject matter experts versed in occupational violence.
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
Cammie Chaumont Menendez, MS, MPH, PhD
Research Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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
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
Statements & Policies
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.
Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)
FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.
CDC has no advertising within the educational content of CME activities on the internet or included within enduring materials. This includes, but not limited to, banner ads, subliminal ads, and pop-up window ads. See CDC Web Site Disclaimers.
Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality
The Continuing Education Accreditation and Learner Support (CEALS) office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of its customers. All information is locked and secured per CDC’s policies. CEALS keeps only information necessary to provide you with the participant services necessary to honor your request for Continuing Education.
The CDC maintains its internet site as an information resource and to provide participants a platform to evaluate CE activities, receive a certificate, and print-out an on-going transcript of all their TCEO CE credits/contact hours.
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.