Weekly Messages From MHA

Weekly Message From MHA

Keeping Caregivers Safe

February 18, 2020 By: Bob Atlas

You work every day to provide a safe and happy setting for patients to get great care. Yet sometimes violence erupts, often directed at caregivers in the hospital.

Stemming violence against caregivers is a priority for hospital and health system leaders. In collaboration with the Maryland Nurses Association, MHA compiled best practices and resources and we’ve been in touch with your teams to connect them with state’s attorney liaisons in each county.

Recent data show you are uniting with frontline staff to better protect them; investing more in security; and, if your employees are ever harmed, helping them to press charges against offenders and supporting them as they navigate the justice system.

We’ve also created a new issue brief on workplace violence that outlines where hospitals need outside support, including from law enforcement and the legislature. We’re sharing your stories with elected leaders as we advocate for bills in Annapolis to strengthen health care workplaces. Legislation proposed this session would reform the peace order process and allow employees to keep their full names private on name badges.

MHA will continue to support you in protecting your most valuable assets: your people.

Bob Atlas
President & CEO