The Labor Management Project will share its expertise on how to reduce violence in nursing homes on August 2 at this year’s Pioneer Network Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. LMP Assistant Director Janice Dabney and consultant Lois Schram will conduct a workshop on the dangers faced by certified nursing assistants (CNAs), who have the highest incidence of workplace violence of any American worker.
While 70 percent of nursing home staff are assaulted at least once a month, CNAs are assaulted an average of nine times a month. Over the past two years, two groups of nursing homes in Connecticut and New York City have addressed this issue. Both groups worked with 1199SEIU, which represents their staff. The LMP’s workshop will provide overviews of the approaches they used, providing examples of assessments, curricula, policies, training activities and results. In addition, nursing home staff will speak about their experiences in creating safer homes—and thus, safer workplaces.
The Pioneer Network is a center for stakeholders in the field of aging and long term care who believe that the quality of life and living for America’s elders is rooted in a supportive community and cemented by relationships that respect each of us as individuals regardless of age, medical condition or limitations. Its annual conference is the nation’s largest national conference dedicated to culture change and person-centered care/person-directed living. Registration for the 2016 conference, Revolutionizing the Culture of Aging, is now open.