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Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Hospital patients are attacking staff at an alarming rate, and there are no federal regulations requiring employers to provide any protection.
 
Alexia Fernández Campbell
Dec 1, 2016
 
Here’s an alarming statistic: Around one in four nurses has been physically attacked at work in the last year. Patients often kick, scratch, and grab them; in rare cases even kill them. In fact, there are nearly as many violent injuries in the healthcare industry as there are in all other industries combined. Healthcare workers make up 9 percent of the workforce.