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Virginia Hospital Nurses Share Patient, Visitor Behavior Expectations

Instances of violence against health care professionals in work settings such as hospitals is rising. Data consistently shows health care professionals face a higher risk of workplace violence than workers in other professions. And many incidents go unreported. Patients and visitors should treat clinical workers with respect because harming or threatening a health care worker doing their job is against the law. It also interferes with clinicians’ ability to care for other patients. This public service announcement features Virginia hospital nurses setting behavior expectations for patients and visitors. It is the continuation of a series of videos released by VHHA in June 2023 in recognition of the annual Hospitals Against Violence Initiative focused on identifying strategies to combat workplace and community violence. The first phase of the video series features the raw, emotional stories of hospital nurses who have firsthand experience with workplace violence in clinical settings.