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The Handoff Podcast: A new approach to addressing violence against nurses

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The Handoff Podcast: A new approach to addressing violence against nurses

November 29, 2022

The Handoff Podcast: A new approach to addressing violence against nurses

According to a survey put out by Trusted Health earlier this year, half of all nurses have been the subject of an attack, intimidation or assault by a patient or patient’s family member since the start of the pandemic. 

Our guest for today’s episode, Mel Cortez, experienced this first hand working in a Baltimore area ICU. Later, when she saw how many nurses were leaving the profession because of workplace violence, she was inspired to start Cortex Gold, a joint venture between two nurses and a Marine Corps veteran whose mission is to help hospitals create a safer, more secure workplace for nurses and other healthcare workers.

Today she and Dan talk about what a culture of safety actually looks like, Mel’s protocol-based approach to handling incidents of violence and the role that nurse managers and nurse leaders play in making hospitals a safer place to work. 

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The full transcript for this episode can be found here: works.trustedhealth.com/handoff/mel-cortez-violence-against-nurses

-| The Nurse Podcast Channel is made possible with support from IHI. Learn more about how IHI is transforming health care education at IHI.org

-| This episode originally aired on November 9, 2022 on The Handoff Podcast. Listen, follow and subscribe at https://healthpodcastnetwork.com/show/the-handoff/

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A Diverse Skill Set Peter McCanna is chief executive officer (CEO) at Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not- for-profit health system in Texas. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,200 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care, as well as an array of virtual and in-home services.