Zero Tolerance: How Renown’s New Committee is Working to Protect EmployeesViolence against healthcare workers is on the increase nationwide and in Nevada. The health and safety of all who are here is a top priority. Hospitals are for health and safety, care and compassion.
Renown’s Workplace Violence Prevention Committee provides a supportive and safe space for employees and caregivers:
- Change the culture around asking for help and reporting violence
- Educate staff about types of abuse
- Creation of a code assault team: provides support and assists staff should they want to press charges
- Train staff in high risk areas bout de-escalation techniques
- Communicate associated laws
Those who physically or verbally attack another individual while in a Renown facility may be removed from the premises and/or be criminally charged and prosecuted. It is a felony to assault or injure a healthcare professional (OSHA 3148-04R 2015).
Acts of violence can include the following:
- Anger-related accidents
- Displays of anger
- Physical assaults – battery, grabbing, punching, kicking, pushing/shoving
- Sabotage, pranks
- Sexual assault
- Threats – shaking fist, verbal or written, violating personal space
- Throwing objects
- Vandalism, property damage
- Verbal assaults – screaming, swearing, verbal abuse
How You Can Help
Don’t ignore or tolerate acts of violence that you personally experience or witness a coworker experience. If you witness or are confronted with workplace violence, initiate help by:
Call Security Dispatch at ext. 6666 and say “Code Gray” include the location.
- Those departments not located within Renown Regional, Renown Regional Adjacent Non-Hospital locations, Renown South Meadows, Renown Rehabilitation or for all other Non-Hospital location emergencies, please call (9) 9-1-1.
- Please check with your leader, if you are unclear about who to call in emergencies.
- Stay on the line until the dispatcher says to hang up.
- Be prepared to relay subject description: estimated age, race, height, weight, sex, hat, shirt, pants, shoes or distinctive markings.
In acute care areas, upon hearing CODE GRAY paged overhead, any available de-escalation team member should respond, if possible.
Report it via the online safety event reporting system Midas so appropriate leadership can review and follow up to support employees.