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Assessment of NIOSH's Online Workplace Violence Prevention Best Practices Course with University Nursing Students

Monday, November 2, 2015

Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, Department of Communication Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
Workplace violence in health care, which can lead to a host of physical, psychological, and relational problems, has become increasingly prevalent, especially among nurses. To help combat this growing negative epidemic, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed an online workplace violence prevention best practices course to educate health care providers about workplace violence. To meet the primary objective of evaluating the effectiveness of this course with a nursing student population, a pre-/post-/post-test survey design was employed to assess changes in awareness and knowledge after completing the course. Additionally, focus group discussions were facilitated to gather more in-depth information about the course to meet the secondary objective of ascertaining ways to encourage participation and enhance message retention. Results from a one-way repeated measures ANOVA indicated that participation in NIOSH’s online workplace violence prevention best practices course increased nursing students’ awareness of and knowledge about workplace violence. This awareness and knowledge was sustained four weeks after completing the course. Qualitative thematic analysis revealed suggestions for encouraging participation from the focus group discussants, including offering continuing education units (CEUs) or requiring training for employment. Participants also commented that messages could be retained by incorporating knowledge-check questions, focusing on real-life experiences, and providing summary handout sheets. By educating nursing students about workplace violence, nurses will be better equipped to prevent and manage workplace violence once they enter the workforce, which will provide a safer environment for everyone who interacts in health care settings.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Identify types of workplace violence Discuss outcomes of workplace violence Describe NIOSH's workplace violence prevention best practices course Describe the effectiveness of NIOSH's workplace violence prevention best practices course

Keyword(s): Workplace, Nurses/Nursing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the researcher responsible for conducting the research that will be presented. I have successfully completed numerous ethical research workshops and have been involved in leading several research projects.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.