The healthcare industry is one of the biggest and fastest growing industries worldwide. Particularly in the United States, the unprecedented percentage of population reaching age 65+ in the next ten to twenty years will cause demand to surge. With healthcare jobs projected to grow by 3.2 million by 2018, many jobseekers may be attracted to the booming industry. However, while a career in healthcare brings many benefits, there are also risks associated with the field. Unfortunately, healthcare workers are among the leading occupations at risk for on-the-job injuries.
On the list of concerns about our jobs are usually items such as performance reviews, salary or promotion increases, lay-offs, personality issues with your supervisor. And yet, despite a growing number of high-profile news stories on the subject, few of us actually worry about workplace violence. Understandably so, as we tend to think of these incidents in terms of the rarer, exceptionally violent events performed by disturbed individuals. But workplace violence occurs more often than you are likely aware.