Hey! I Could Use a Little Help Here! My Story of Healthcare Workplace Violence by June Zanes Garen
A personal message from the author:
I am a nurse with over 30 years of frontline experience. After experiencing a violent assault while on duty in my workplace, I felt a distinct lack of support and resources. My goal is to not only discuss the silent epidemic of healthcare workplace violence, but share the stories of other survivors. My book brings a message of hope and healing for both those who have experienced healthcare workplace violence and those who support them. Ultimately, I hope that by sharing my story, it will inspire others to work toward safe healthcare workplaces.
— June Zanes Garen
Healthcare workers experience verbal and physical assaults in the workplace daily. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), of the nearly 25,000 workplace assaults that occur annually, 75% happen in healthcare settings. What happens after a verbal or physical assault? How does the industry culture address this silent epidemic of violence? Where can survivors find support after surviving healthcare workplace violence?
An RN with over 30 years' experience and survivor of a violent attack by a patient, the author realistically discusses the challenges facing those employed in the trenches of healthcare today. Also included are suggestions to promote healing after experiencing workplace violence, such as:
- Providing victims of workplace violence with a “first aid kit” packed with concrete ideas for regaining physical, emotional and spiritual equilibrium
- Finding your voice to advocate for improvements in healthcare workplace safety
- Encouraging guided self-reflection through the use of bullet journal pages
- Acknowledging the personal stories and struggles of those who have been victims of violence in the workplace
A free virtual book release event will take place on June 15 at Phoenix Book's website via Zoom!