Feb. 20: New Program on Workplace Violence in Healthcare

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A registered nurse and former security officer have developed a new program for the Saskatoon Health Region on preventing workplace violence. Health care workers work with patients and their families who may be confused, frightened, angry or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Workplace Assessment and Violence Education (WAVE) teaches workers to evaluate what state the patient is in, what caused it or what may have triggered it. They learn to assess quickly, defend themselves and get help as fast as possible.