Educational ResourcesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering an online course to help healthcare workers better understand the scope and nature of violence that can occur in their workplace. 

From the course description:

Participants will learn how to recognize the key elements of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program, how organizational systems impact workplace violence, how to apply individual strategies, and develop skills for preventing and responding to workplace violence. Content is derived from content experts and from the OSHA 2004 Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care & Social Service Workers (OSHA 3148-01R 2004).

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Identify institutional environmental and policy risk factors for workplace violence.
  • Recognize behavioral warning signs of violence in individuals.
  • Employ communication and teamwork skills to prevent and manage violence.
  • Identify appropriate resources to support injured healthcare workers.
  • Take steps to implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program.

Target Audience

The Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses is intended for the following healthcare professionals who desire an introduction to workplace violence prevention strategies:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians assistants
  • Physicians
  • Veterinarians
  • Health Educators
  • Nursing students
  • Medical students

There are no prerequisites for the course.

Click here for more information, including details about accreditation.

CDC Course No. WB1865 - NIOSH Pub. No. 2013-155