Join HEY! I Could Use A Little Help Here! author June Zanes Garen for a conversation with Kevin Pentz on the topic of violence in the workplace.
About the Book: Healthcare workers experience verbal and physical assaults in the workplace daily. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), of the nearly 25,000 workplace assaults that occur annually, 75% happen in healthcare settings. What happens after a verbal or physical assault? How does the industry culture address this silent epidemic of violence? Where can survivors find support after surviving healthcare workplace violence?
An RN with over 30 years' experience and survivor of a violent attack by a patient, the author realistically discusses the challenges facing those employed in the trenches of healthcare today. Also included are suggestions to promote healing after experiencing workplace violence, such as:
• Providing victims of workplace violence with a "first aid kit" packed with concrete ideas for regaining physical, emotional and spiritual equilibrium
• Finding your voice to advocate for improvements in healthcare workplace safety
• Encouraging guided self-reflection through the use of bullet journal pages
• Acknowledging the personal stories and struggles of those who have been victims of violence in the workplace
ABOUT JUNE ZANES GAREN: A life-long Northern New Englander, June Zanes Garen has spent over three decades on the frontlines of nursing. After surviving a violent physical assault in her workplace, she has become an advocate for healthcare workplace safety. For more information and resources, please go to: heyicouldusealittlehelphere.com
ABOUT KEVIN PENTZ: Kevin Pentz graduated from Saint Lawrence University in 1995 with a combined degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. After college he moved to eastern Kentucky and worked for the next 20 years as a community organizer with the organization Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. He once had the privilege of spending several days camped out in the Kentucky Governor's office along with several bold and courageous people from eastern Kentucky to demand an end to mountaintop removal strip mining for coal. We were joined in this effort by the author Wendell Berry. Kevin and his wife Amy were married in 2007 and had their beautiful child Eli in 2015. Kevin and his family moved to Gilford, New Hampshire in 2018 where he has worked as a community organizer for the organization Rights & Democracy and continues to work on social, economic and environmental issues.
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