Protect Yourself: Prepare for and Prevent Workplace Violence

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, NP, CCRNK, FCCM, FAAN

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Webinar Summary

Violence in healthcare settings is unacceptable. It’s a barrier to effective care delivery that has profound physical and emotional consequences. Data shows that workplace violence is four times more common in healthcare than in other industries. Recently, 86% of critical care nurses surveyed reported at least one incident of abuse, harassment or discrimination in the past year. The ubiquity of violence in healthcare demands that we be vigilant advocates for safety.

What can we, as nurses, do to mitigate violence and increase personal safety? Join webinar presenter Karin Reuter-Rice as she applies her clinical expertise and facilitation skills to the topic of violence in healthcare. She will explore factors that contribute to violence and signs that an interpersonal interaction may escalate. Her presentation will also provide strategies for promoting personal safety, such as de-escalation strategies, leveraging facility resources and addressing the physical environment.


  • Describe elements of the healthcare work environment that can impact the prevalence of workplace violence.
  • Identify signs of escalation that indicate a workplace interaction may become verbally or physically violent.
  • Prioritize three strategies for increasing personal safety while working in progressive and critical care settings.


Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, NP, CCRNK, FCCM, FAAN

Karin Reuter-Rice, PhD, NP, CCRNK, FCCM, FAAN

Karin Reuter-Rice is an associate professor of nursing and of pediatrics at Duke University. She is a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner with clinical expertise in pediatric critical care, as well as a fellow of both the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing. As a critical care nurse, she advocates for inclusive, safe work environments that promote healthy teams and best outcomes for critically ill patients and their families. Reuter-Rice is committed to improving the outcomes of critically ill and injured children and focuses her research in the area of trauma. Currently, she is spearheading a collaborative research team examining the relationship of biologic markers and functional outcomes in children with brain injury. In addition to conducting research, authoring publications and presenting internationally, Reuter-Rice is co-editor of the textbook “Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice” (2nd ed. Summer 2020).

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