Workplace Violence Grant Program

The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies administers a grant program to fund innovative approaches for reducing verbal and physical violence against nurses in hospitals, freestanding emergency medical care facilities, nursing facilities, and home health agencies.

The grant is the result of House Bill 280 (H.B. 280), 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, added Section 105.011. The legislation requires grant recipients to submit periodic reports describing the outcome of the activities funded through the grant. Award funding for this program will be contingent upon funds being made available by the Texas Board of Nursing through an increase of nurse licensure fees.

2020-2021 Grant Recipients

2020-2021 grant recipients will give their final presentations in June 2022. Click here for more information.

Presentation Date Institution Program Description Recording Link
June 8 University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston Used debriefs and support groups to address workplace violence against healthcare workers. N/A
Houston Methodist Used virtual and augmented reality to practice de-escalation skills and expanded the use of video monitoring medical-surgical patients who screen as “high risk” for violent behavior on a validated assessment tool.
June 15 Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas Addressed workplace violence through a variety of initiatives including staff training, public education, and physical changes to prevent violence and create an enhanced healing environment. N/A    
Texas Children’s Hospital Provided simulation training and support ranging from role-playing to virtual reality.
June 22 Dallas County Hospital District – Parkland Hospital System Strengthened its comprehensive workplace violence plan that included community-based education and training for students in nursing school programs, and further enhancements to the Supporting Parkland Staff (SPARKS) Peer Support Program. N/A
University of Texas Health Science Center – Harris County Psychiatric Center Implemented trauma informed care practices on an acute inpatient child/adolescent unit and an acute inpatient adult unit.

Request for Applications

The application cycle for FY2022-2023 grants is now closed.

Grant Program Reports

You can also access data and reports from the workplace violence studies conducted by the TCNWS.