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Pre-Conference workshop

Preventing Patient on Nurse Abuse Through Education

Thursday, October 8
2pm - 3:30pm Eastern
Registration Fee: $25
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Violence or abuse experienced in the workplace is a critical issue that many organizations face. Nurses are at increased risk for experiencing workplace violence due to their close contact with patients as well as working in an occupational environment marked by stress, burnout, and mounting PTSD. It is imperative that nurses be well educated and fully informed as they deal with this daunting topic. This course will review the topic of violence in the workplace, the barriers to reporting incidents, discuss steps that can be taken to prevent or diffuse its effects and most importantly, explain how to create and implement an effective workplace violence prevention plan. The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with information so they may better recognize, address, and prevent violence in their workplaces.


  1. Describe the scope of workplace violence in healthcare.
  2. Recognize risk factors and hazards commonly associated with workplace violence.
  3. Review components of an effective workplace violence prevention program.
  4. Identify risk control techniques for organizational leadership and nurses to help increase workplace safety.


  • Dr. Sandra Risoldi, DNP, MSN, RN, CLNC, is the Founder/CEO of Nurses Against Violence Unite, Inc., a 501 c(3) with the focus of bringing awareness, education, empowerment, eliminating violence in healthcare.  Dr Risoldi has 29 years nursing experience - 14 years working as an LPN/RN with forensic nursing as a career focus in various settings, including nursing education, corrections, ED overflow, med/surg/tele and behavior/addiction.
  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM, is AVP/Risk Manager for Nurses Service Organization in the Healthcare Division of Aon Affinity. She has 19 years experience in the insurance industry, and specializes in educating nurses and health care professionals about how to mitigate their malpractice risks.
  • Lynn Pierce, BSN, RN, CPHRM, is a Risk Control Director at CNA Healthcare Risk Control. Prior to joining CNA, she has worked in such clinical settings as emergency, surgical and cardiac critical care, and cardiac and orthopedic rehabilitation services. Lynn has served as a director of risk management in acute care hospitals and integrated health care systems.
  • Moderator: Diane Knoblauch, JD, MSN, RN, is licensed as a nurse and an attorney in Ohio and Michigan. She was certified as an adult nurse practitioner from 1981 -1999 and practiced in the areas of occupational health and primary care. Ms. Knoblauch represents nurses before the boards of nursing in Michigan and Ohio. In addition to her busy law practice, Diane retired from the University of Michigan Surgical Intensive Care Unit in December 2018.

Provider Accreditation

  • NOTE: At this time, credit is only available for those who attend the live event on 10/08/2020 at 2pm ET. Credit is issued only when the participant has met the requirements. Participants must (1) register, (2) attend the entire live event, and (3) complete the post event survey evaluation. Only those who meet these requirements will be issued a certificate of completion. It is the responsibility of the participant to make accommodations for time zone.
  • This activity for 1.5 contact hours is provided by Lippincott Professional Development and jointly provided by Nurses Service Organization.
  • Lippincott Professional Development (LPD) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.
  • This activity is also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 11749 for 1.5 contact hours, District of Columbia, Florida #FBN50-1223, and Georgia Board of Nursing #50-1223.

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