Preventing Violence in the Hospital and Community

Violence is a serious safety issue for many communities and hospitals across the United States. Pamela Thompson, CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, will introduce AONE's recently released toolkit for mitigating violence in the health care workplace and discuss the implications for leadership practice. Stephen Leff, co-director of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Violence Prevention Initiative, will address violence prevention in schools, primary care sites, and the emergency department, focusing upon empirically supported prevention programs and hospital training in trauma-informed care. His presentation will illustrate how hospital-based violence prevention efforts can serve as a national model.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the issue of workplace violence, its impact on clinicians and the role of nurse leaders in mitigating violence
  • Identify best practices in violence prevention programming
  • Understand how a hospital-based violence prevention model can be applied at hospitals around the country


  • Pamela A. Thompson, Senior Vice President for Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer, American Hospital Association, and CEO, American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • Stephen S. Leff, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, Co-Director of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Violence Prevention Initiative