How Massachusetts Nurses Are Reducing Workplace Violence

Source: Andrea Fox, Cindy Chaplin, Marilyn Hernandez, Rachelle Kiley, Cady Spencer, and Erin Johnson, Labor Notes, August 16, 2016

For too long, health care workers have suffered from the assumption that workplace violence is just part of the job. But that’s finally changing—and union nurses are playing a key role in propelling the change forward.

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses are proud that their efforts were recently touted among the nation’s best practices. In a “Road Map” report on how to address violence in health care facilities, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) features contract language that MNA nurses negotiated at two Western Massachusetts hospitals.

OSHA credits “the joint efforts of labor and management” for the results—fewer and less severe patient assaults on health care workers….