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Part three in five part series: KUOW News in Seattle investigates violence in the ER

In today’s story on dangers in the workplace, John Ryan covers hospitals and emergency rooms.

“Most of us face little risk of being assaulted while we’re on the job. But if you’re a cop, a convenience store clerk or a cab driver, your line of work can quickly turn violent. The same is true for people working in hospitals and nursing homes.” Ryan discussed the problem of what happens when patients are in pain and agitated, and try to take it out on the people who are trying to give them care.  One nurse describes the unfortunate norm of hospitals and ERs all over the country- “A lot of hospitals don’t really encourage nurses to report violent acts against them, and some facilities just feel that it’s part of your job, and you should just simply tolerate it, knowing that if you work in an emergency department, violence is going to be there, so prepare for it.”

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