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Part Of The Job? - Violence In The Health Care Workplace

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Part Of The Job? - Violence In The Health Care Workplace

Violence and harassment are often part of the job for health care workers, but it’s not always obvious to outsiders.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported in 2015 that “health care workers are at an increased risk for workplace violence.” They found that as of 2013, violent incidents were four times more common in health care workplaces, compared to private industry overall. And that’s only taking into account violence that was reported.

FM89 reporter Laura Tsutsui is working with the Center for Health Journalism on a series about those who work in the health care industry, and have been victims of violence or threats on the job. 

This reporting project hopes to bring stories about violence and harassment in healthcare to light, and ask healthcare administrators what is being done to mitigate and prevent the issue.

If you work in health care and have experienced violence or harassment on the job, e-mail us your story in a voice memo to talk@kvpr.org, or leave us a voicemail at 559-862-2714.