Across America the violence in the workplace especially in healthcare is on the rise. A new consumer survey from Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) states 3 in 5 Americans are constantly concerned about the safety and security of their loved ones in hospitals. That is close to 60 percent of them believing the loved ones are not safe in medical facilities.
The survey points out 70% of Americans understand if nurses and medical professionals felt safe they would not be leaving the profession. Americans are really concerned for the loved ones who work in healthcare. 88 percent of the surveyed people believe the medical facilities should be as safe as airports and airplanes for their loved ones and the professionals working in the hospitals.
Violence is a major factor leading to nurses resigning from their jobs or leaving the profession all together. This is putting a negative effect on patient care. Hospitals and medical facilities need to create a safe and secure environment for staff, patients, and visitors. For the safety of the loved ones there should be a zero-tolerance approach to workplace violence.
There has been a healthcare labor shortage and the burn out from the last few years has played a vital role. The medical facilities need to be keeping track of every hospital visitor so that people do not constantly worry and can show love in a better way for their loved ones. If state or federal action is taken to keep healthcare workers safe the Americans will feel safer.
As the survey states more than 60 percent of Americans are worried any unauthorized person(s) can walk into the hospital and create ruckus and incite violence. More than 100 million Americans do not feel safe going to the hospital and/or medical facility today, which should be a real cause of concern.