Workplace Violence Study

2016 Workplace Violence Against Nurses

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS) will be conducting two surveys on workplace violence against nurses stemming from HB 2696 passed in the 84th Legislative Session.

The information collected in these two surveys will serve as a guide for the development of policy recommendations by the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies Advisory Committee and information you provide will be instrumental in shaping legislation geared toward preventing workplace violence against nurses in Texas.

Individual Nurse Survey:

In August 2016, a sample of RNs and LVNs in Texas will be surveyed regarding their experiences with workplace violence as it relates to both verbal and physical violence over the course of their career.

A sample of nurses working in Texas hospitals, long term care facilities, home health agencies, and freestanding emergency medical centers will be surveyed throughout the month of August.

These nurses will be contacted by mail through the US Postal Service 3 times between mid-July and the end of August. They will receive:

  • A post-card alerting them to the survey they will receive in the coming weeks
  • A survey packet that includes a cover letter, a survey, and a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope to return their completed survey in.
  • A follow-up post-card thanking them for completing the survey.

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary but highly encouraged! Complete and return the survey by August 31st to make your voice heard!

All data collected will be reported in aggregate. Individual nurses will not be identified.

Reports from this survey will be available in December 2016.

Facility Survey:

The facility survey is now closed.

Beginning in April 2016, hospitals, freestanding emergency medical care facilities, long term care nursing facilities, and home health agencies were surveyed to assess practices and strategies used by employers to prevent workplace violence against nurses.

As with all facility level surveys conducted by the TCNWS, all responses are confidential and anonymous. Responses will only be reported in aggregate and no individual facilities will be identified.

Reports from this survey will be available in December 2016.

Make Your Voice Heard!!

Your participation in these surveys is highly encouraged! Your confidential responses to these surveys are needed to illustrate the prevalence of workplace violence against nurses in Texas and to help the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies Advisory Committee make policy recommendations to address workplace violence against nurses in Texas.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact TCNWS by email at TCNWS@dshs.state.tx.us or by phone at 512-776-6723.

Last updated July 7, 2016