Providence Health & Services: Creating a Safe Workplace for Nurses

Overview

When a major employee union came to the Oregon Capitol in 2005 contending that nursing executives at Oregon hospitals condoned violence against nurses, leaders at Providence Health System became concerned.

Challenge

Nothing could have been further from the truth. The challenge was convincing lawmakers not to take unneeded action.

Approach

Capitalizing on the credentials of nursing executives and the long history of Providence's mission-oriented service in Oregon, CFM opposed the need for legislation, emphasizing that hospitals in Oregon have a major stake in preserving safe workplaces.

Result

The union-sponsored nurse violence bill did not pass in 2005, and CFM began working with other stakeholders to craft more reasonable legislation heading into the 2007 session – legislation that has the potential to garner support from unions and management alike.