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Workplace Violence National Conference


National Conference for Workplace Violence Prevention & Management in Healthcare Settings

Workplace violence is a serious and growing problem for healthcare workers. Workplace violence includes acts of incivility, bullying, verbal and physical aggression, threatening words or actions, sexual harassment, and physical assaults. Although research in the field of workplace violence has been growing in recent years, there has been a lack of opportunities for researchers who study workplace violence in the healthcare sector to meet and share findings, theories, and models. Researchers in this study area are few and scattered throughout the United States. Now more than ever there was a critical need for a United States based conference to be held where the leaders, innovators, educators, and researchers could come together to network, build interprofessional teams, and share strategies, potential solutions, educational materials, best practices, and findings related to the prevention, management, and recovery associated with workplace violence. This conference was the first national United States conference in recent history specifically focusing on workplace violence in healthcare settings.

The conference was held over 2 ½ days from Friday, May 11, 2012 to Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the Marriot Kingsgate Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center. The conference hosted four keynote sessions, seven papers sessions, and three poster sessions. Conference objectives (specific aims) were (1) discuss the current epidemiology of incivility, bullying, verbal and physical aggression, threatening words or actions, sexual harassment, and physical assaults enacted against healthcare workers, (2) evaluate intervention programs aimed at preventing and reducing the incidence and sequelae of workplace violence against healthcare workers by visitors, patients, coworkers, and intimate partners, and (3) analyze whether the questions raised during the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center summit of 2000 have been addressed. Program evaluations from the conference attendees indicated that the conference objectives for discussing the current epidemiology and evaluating intervention programs were met. On the final day of the conference, a panel discussion and consensus building session was hosted and video recorded. Ultimately, the panel members concluded that the state of the science for workplace violence has improved in terms of violence from patients, visitors, and coworkers; however, there remains a great gap in terms of personal relationship violence, multidisciplinary populations, and the description and testing of interventions aiming to prevent, manage, and recover from the workplace violence that occurs in healthcare settings.


Conference Planning Committee

  • Gordon Lee Gillespie, PhD, PHCNS-BC, FAEN, UC College of Nursing; Conference Chair
  • Donna M. Gates, EdD, RN, FAAN, UC College of Nursing; Conference Co-chair
  • Ahlam Al-Natour, PhD, RN, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • Peggy Berry, PhD(c), MSN, RN, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • Michelle Caruso, PharmD, BCPS, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Dianne Ditmer, PhD, RN, FACFE, Kettering Medical Network
  • William K. Fant, PharmD, University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy
  • Bonnie Fisher, PhD, UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
  • Barbara Forney, Program Manager, University of Cincinnati College of Continuing Medical Education
  • Terry Kowalenko, MD, FACEP, University of Michigan Emergency Medicine
  • Christine Luca, MSN, RN, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • Katy Roberto Marston, Conference Coordinator, University of Cincinnati
  • Alison C. McLeish, PhD; UC Department of Psychology
  • Carolyn Smith, PhD, RN, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Conference Co-Sponsor

The conference was co-sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Des Plaines, IL.


Conference Funding Sponsor

This conference was supported by Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number 1R13OH010135-01 from CDC –National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC-NIOSH.


Faculty Disclosure Declaration

According to the disclosure policy of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, all faculty, planning committee members, and other individuals who were in a position to control content were required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interest related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships was not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials were reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity and levels of evidence. Disclosures, if any, were made at the time of the activity.


Contact Information for Committee Chair

Gordon Lee Gillespie, PhD, PHCNS-BC, FAEN
P: 513.558.5236
E: gordon.gillespie@uc.edu