STOP VICTIM SHAMING! STOP BLAMING THE EMPLOYEES!
By Jackie Russell, RN JD
Nursing Practice and Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Carrie Mortrud, RN
Nurse Staffing Specialist
“You need to work more efficiently!”
“You need to work smarter!”
“You need to work overtime!”
It’s called blaming the victim and all are highly inappropriate and unacceptable employer responses following an assault. Victim blaming is a poor defense. In fact, there is no good defense for assault. No excuses either.
The employer must stop blaming the employee-victim for an assault. The employer must take responsibility for their employees’ safety.
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