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Saturday, September 12 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Violent Threats In Healthcare, Readiness And Resiliency For When The Unthinkable Happens

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Topic Overview: Few threats are as difficult to predict — and prevent — as the eruption of violence.  Hospitals are faced with planning for and combating a variety of violent threats in a 24/7 operational environment. This important session reviews guidelines and regulations, and addresses key components of preparedness and response to violent threats and events in the hospital from a hospital operations basis, not a law enforcement perspective. Focus will be on training and exercise planning, contemporary challenges in preparing the facility for response, and the behavioral health considerations in both planning and recovery. Attendees will learn ways to improve the culture of safety across the organization.


  1. Review healthcare specific statistics for incidence of workplace violence and active shooter in the healthcare environment.
  2. Discuss legal and regulatory considerations associated with safety in the workplace, and illness and injury prevention plans.
  3. Describe workplace security assessments to identify hospital risk factors when developing plans for hospital staff response activities to an active shooter incident.
  4. Recognize the role of law enforcement, and anticipate initial response and interactions with hospital staff when preparing staff to respond.
  5. Identify issues and needs for employees in the post-incident phase, including incident debriefing and plans for mental health interventions.

avatar for Lisa S Angell, RN, BSN, MICN

Lisa S Angell, RN, BSN, MICN

Lisa Angell has been a registered nurse for 35 years and has spent most of her professional career in the ER. In 1989, she was planning a disaster drill at Watsonville Community Hospital when the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred — an event that propelled her into the realm of... Read More →
avatar for Caryn P Thornburg, ORT, LVN, BAIS, BS, MS

Caryn P Thornburg, ORT, LVN, BAIS, BS, MS

Caryn Thornburg has been in the healthcare industry since 1976. She is a member of and has deployed with the California State Mission Support Team, is a member of the HICS IV Revision Secondary Workgroup, serves on an advisory panel for Cal/OSHA Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Grand Ballroom/Street Level

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