Hospital Workplace Violence Committee Structure

  1. Committee Chair:
    • Responsible for overall coordination and leadership of the committee.
    • Chairs committee meetings and ensures the agenda is followed.
    • Serves as the main point of contact for committee members and stakeholders.
  2. Committee Members:
    • Representatives from various hospital departments and roles, including:
      • Security department (e.g., security manager, security officers)
      • Nursing department (e.g., nurse manager, charge nurse)
      • Human resources department (e.g., HR manager, employee relations representative)
      • Administration (e.g., hospital administrator, risk management representative)
      • Emergency department representative
      • Mental health or behavioral health representative
      • Clinical staff from high-risk areas (e.g., psychiatric units, emergency departments)
  3. Executive Sponsor:
    • A senior leader within the hospital who supports and champions the committee's initiatives.
    • Provides guidance, resources, and support for the committee's work.
    • Ensures alignment between the committee's objectives and the hospital's strategic goals.
  4. Subcommittees or Task Forces:
    • Subcommittees or task forces can be established to focus on specific areas or initiatives related to workplace violence prevention. Examples may include:
      • Policy and procedure subcommittee: Develops and reviews workplace violence policies and procedures, ensuring they are up to date and align with best practices.
      • Training and education subcommittee: Develops and delivers training programs on conflict management, de-escalation, and response to violence.
      • Incident response subcommittee: Develops protocols for incident reporting, investigation, and follow-up actions.
      • Communication and awareness subcommittee: Develops strategies to promote a culture of safety, raise awareness about workplace violence prevention, and communicate committee initiatives.
  5. Meeting Frequency:
    • Regular committee meetings should be scheduled, typically monthly or quarterly, to discuss progress, review incidents, share updates, and plan future initiatives.
    • Additional meetings or working groups may be formed as needed for specific projects or urgent matters.
  6. Communication Channels:
    • Establish clear communication channels to facilitate information sharing and collaboration among committee members and stakeholders.
    • Use email, intranet, or dedicated communication platforms to disseminate information, meeting minutes, and updates to committee members.
    • Consider regular newsletters or bulletins to inform hospital staff about committee initiatives, training opportunities, and workplace violence prevention resources.


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