West Virginia Violence in the Workplace for Healthcare Employees


The following West Virginia Violence in the Workplace for Healthcare Employees course is designed to educate healthcare providers (HCP) on how to protect themselves and others from violence that occurs in the workplace. Additionally, workplace violence is defined as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other potentially disruptive behavior that occurs on the job site. Threats and verbal abuse can lead to physical assaults and even homicide. It can also have an impact on employees, clients, customers, and visitors.

What you will learn:

  • Introduction to violence in the workplace
    • What is workplace violence?
    • Rates and statistics
  • Prevention and intervention
    • Risk factors and warning signs
    • Violence prevention program
    • Interventions
  • Emergency protocol
    • Emergency action plan
    • Evacuation procedures
  • West Virginia state-specific requirements
    • HB 2146


Course length: 1 hour. CME: 1

Languages: American English

Key features: Audio narration, learning activity, and post-assessment.

American Medical Compliance is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical  Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education to physicians. Our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is committed to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of healthcare providers to improve healthcare outcomes. Through high-quality educational activities, we aim to address the identified educational gaps to support the continuous professional development of our medical community. American Medical Compliance designates this activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim this credit for their complete participation in this activity.

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Who is at Risk for Workplace Violence?

Although anyone working at a hospital can be a victim of violence, nurses and aides who have the most direct contact with patients are especially vulnerable. Additionally, providing your staff with the resources and information to keep themselves safe will help reduce the risk of workplace violence in your medical facility.

Some higher-risk settings include psychiatric units, emergency rooms, geriatric units, and behavioral health units to name a few. These acts of violence can also come in four potential variations. These include violence by strangers with criminal intent, violence by patients, violence by coworkers, or violence by personal relations. Although your staff may feel safe within the workplace, it is important to educate healthcare providers on how to stay safe from any potential instances of workplace violence.

Requirements in West Virginia

Furthermore, HB2146 in West Virginia requires employers to have a workplace violence prevention plan. The House bill requires covered employers to develop, implement, and maintain an effective written workplace violence prevention plan for covered employees at each covered facility controlled by the employer, as well as for covered employees performing a covered service on behalf of the employer, that meets specific criteria. Also, the strategy must be implemented within six months of the final standard’s issuance.

To learn more about keeping your healthcare staff safe in West Virginia and learn more about the rules under HB2146, click the button below. 

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