As part of MNA’s commitment to addressing workplace violence in healthcare settings, we are asking for your input about violence in your workplace and measures that can make nurses safer at work.

Your feedback will help guide the work that MNA does around educating members about workplace violence prevention, bargaining better violence prevention language in contracts and passing legislation to protect healthcare workers from violence. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines workplace violence as:
“any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors.”

Minnesota statute defines violence against healthcare workers as:
“an act by a patient or visitor against a health care worker that includes kicking, scratching, urinating, sexually harassing, or any act defined in sections 609.221 to 609.2241 as assault.”
Violence can be perpetrated by any other person in your workplace: a patient, a visitor, a coworker or a manager.

Please answer the questions on the following pages to help us better guide the work we are doing.