Violence is rising in the healthcare setting. According to the American Hospital Association, 44% of nurses reported experiencing physical violence, and 68% reported experiencing verbal abuse nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic as of June 2022.
Unfortunately, we know this reality to also be true at Summa Health. It is estimated that 3% of patients are considered violent on a daily basis. Violent situations make it more challenging for nurses and other staff to provide quality patient care, especially when they fear for their safety.
We have asked our nurses and staff, regardless of where they work or what they do at Summa Health, to share the stories of their experiences. Their stories deserve to be heard. Please take a few moments to click through the gallery and read their stories.
With the permission of staff, we will share this collection of stories with local, state and federal legislators. We hope to bring about real change as there is currently no federal law that protects healthcare workers in violent situations. We are hopeful that sharing stories of the violence encountered in the healthcare setting will help influence the passage of The Safety from Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act.
Thank you for taking the time to hear the voices of those who encounter difficult situations while caring for our patients.