Video Surveillance and Nursing Workforce Safety

Patricia A. Quigley, PhD, MPH, MS, APRN; Lisbeth Votruba, MSN, RN; Jill Kaminski, MS


Am Nurs Journal. 2019;14(12):39-41. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Healthcare workers are four times more likely to experience workplace violence (defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [OSHA] as "the act or threat of violence, ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults directed toward persons at work or on duty") than workers in other industries, according to OSHA. However, even after The Joint Commission encouraged healthcare organizations to better track and address the problem, the true incidence of patient-initiated aggression and violence against staff is unknown because it isn't being carefully followed or consistently reported. Instead, research has relied on survey responses based on nurses' recollections.

This hole in hospital safety requires a call to action. Patient-engaged video surveillance (PEVS) provides a mechanism to track and report patient aggression and violence against caregivers.