Betty Brunner was sitting down to an appointment at her hair stylist one morning and the next thing she knew, she was diving for the floor, trying to avoid a crazed gunman. Brunner miraculously escaped injury, but her stylist did not: She was one of three people killed by her ex-husband who also shot himself to death.
News of the recent double-homicide in a Houston nursing home arrived the morning I was to speak to a group gathered to address the needs of younger residents in long-term care. It didn't escape anyone in the audience how serious this topic is. What can organizations do to respond to this terrible news and to reduce the chances that a similar situation could happen in their facilities? Plenty.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) recently signed into law new nursing home safety regulations that aim to end the pattern of violence in that state's facilities, according to local news reports.
Recent rise in healthcare facility violence may be higher than statistics show, Joint Commission warnsJune 07, 2010
Violence and crime in healthcare facilities is on the rise, but the true extent of the problem may still be unknown, according to a new Sentinel Event Alert issued Thursday by the Joint Commission.
Nearly half of all nurses say they plan to make a career change over the next three years. That could exacerbate the nursing shortage, according to the results of a recent survey of registered nurses. An unrelated survey finds that most nurses experience violence on the job.