Crisis Prevention Intervention Training for PRN Nurses

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Crisis Prevention Training for Healthcare Workers

As an experienced nurse, you're aware that violence in your workplace can happen. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workplace violence is, " the act or threat of violence, ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults directed toward persons at work or on duty." It shouldn't, but it is an unfortunate reality. There are four officially defined types of workplace violence, though it should be noted that types two and three are the most common in the healthcare environment. The four types are:

  • Type I - is identified as criminal intent and doesn't involve any relationship between the parties
  • Type II - is identified as a person receiving a service or care and becomes violent
  • Type III - is identified as violence between workers
  • Type IV - is identified as violence between persons who have a personal relationship that is not connected to the workplace

Depending on your specialty, or the unit in which you routinely work, you may be exposed to more of these situations than others of your profession. If you're a seasoned registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or certified nursing assistant and frequently find yourself working shifts or positions that place you in a leadership capacity, then the skills taught in this course will be especially beneficial for diffusing potential Type III circumstances. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their findings on workplace violence for the year 2016 and they were startling. Of the over 18,000 workers who experienced workplace violence, 71% worked in the healthcare and social assistance industry and 25% resulted in days off from work.

Working as a PRN clinician means that every day you don't work also means a day that you don't earn income. There are multiple benefits to being a PRN healthcare worker, but the days you don't work should be days that you've planned for, not days forced to recover.

Therefore, we recommend, and some facilities even require, special training and certification to help you avoid these types of situations when possible, or de-escalate them when unavoidable so that you are prepared, skilled, calm, and able to emerge uninjured.

The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training program put together by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) is designed to provide working professionals of a variety of industries with the skills to identify situations that either is already violent or that could become violent, and the skills to diffuse those situations either nonverbally or by avoiding injuries.

The CPI has shaped their Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training specific to the circumstances and needs of professionals working in the healthcare field. While not all facilities will require this certification, it is no doubt a beneficial skill to have as part of your professional portfolio with Nursa and will make you a more competitive candidate for PRN jobs in a variety of settings.

The CPI Nonviolence Crisis Intervention training is available in a virtual setting, and you can even earn continuing education credits with its completion. Double-check that you've scanned the certificate in color before you upload it to your digital portfolio to ensure there are no issues with validation. T

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