The reasons for rising violence are numerous and complicated. A few include understaffed emergency departments, patient frustration, mental health challenges, and more.
A significant factor in dropping morale is nurses feeling unsupported in reporting violence. When a hospital responds to reports with only a minor effort, or not at all, staff will feel discouraged in the future.
While hospitals can improve their processes and support their workers in various ways, ultimately, workplace violence will continue to occur. One of the critical methods of protecting the hospital as a whole is to invest in adequate insurance.