Violence Prevention: Safeguarding Frontline Healthcare Workers and Beyond

December 14, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

Community and workplace violence is a significant problem worldwide. Understanding how community-based violence spills over into the work setting is key to developing prevention strategies. When healthcare employees are victims of workplace violence, there can be significant psychological and physical trauma to the involved employee and collateral impacts to other staff. A multi-faceted approach is essential to protect our communities, workforce, patients and visitors from violence and to respond quickly, compassionately, and effectively when violent events occur.

Participants will learn about CommonSpirit’s approach to prevention of community and workplace violence and how one Division is responding to employees who are victims.

Webinar attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the connections between community-based and workplace violence and learn about CommonSpirit’s United Against Violence Program and comprehensive approach to prevention.
  • Learn about the importance of messaging in communications regarding workplace violence and understand various strategies and actions that contribute to building a culture of nonviolence.
  • Identify the components of a comprehensive WPV program that meets regulatory requirements
  • Understand how a multidisciplinary team plays a role in management of employees who have been assaulted

December 14, 2022: 11 a.m.- noon (PT)

Robin Conyers, BSN, MS
Vice President for Behavioral Health Service line
CommonSpirit Health Midwest Division

Robin has over 28 years as a psychiatric mental health nurse. She has cared for children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. Her healthcare leadership experience for the past 22 years includes managing multiple inpatient units, leading various successful teams and initiatives. Robin has a Bachelors Nursing Degree and a Masters in Organizational Performance. Robin currently serves as Common Spirit Health’s Midwest Division Vice President for Behavioral Health Service line and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the President Elect for the Nebraska APNA chapter and President for the Behavioral Health Affiliates of Iowa.

Laura Krausa, MNM
Director Advocacy Programs
CommonSpirit Health System

Laura directs CommonSpirit’s United Against Violence Program, oversees community-based violence prevention efforts across the system and coordinates comprehensive violence prevention solutions using public policy advocacy, shareholder advocacy, and education and awareness initiatives. She engages the corporate sector on solutions to health, environmental and social issues, seeking to partner with the greater business community to improve societal health and wellbeing. With extensive experience in violence prevention, Laura is a co-author of CommonSpirit Health’s Violence Prevention Resource Guide, a manual for creating and implementing violence prevention initiatives at the community level.  

She acts as a consulting partner to CommonSpirit communities engaging in violence prevention and has overseen 55 communities with over $40M investments in grant-funded programs. Laura regularly presents in national forums on the topics of human trafficking and community-based violence prevention to organizations such as the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association and Jones Day International Law Firm. She is a published author on human trafficking for Health Progress, and a co-drafter of a successful proposal to implement an ICD-10 code for clinical identification of sex and labor exploitation. Laura has served as a Forum Member for the National Academies of Sciences Forum on Global Violence Prevention and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Laura currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, and holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Business Management from Regis University.

One complimentary CE unit will be provided to dues-paying member hospitals of the Hospital Quality Institute, CHPSO Patient Safety Organization, the California Hospital Association or the regional hospital associations in CA.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.