Staying safe Responding to violence against healthcare staffStrickler, Jeffery, DHA, RN, NEA-BCNursing2018: November 2018 - Volume 48 - Issue 11 - p 58–62 doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000545021.36908.28 Feature Abstract In Brief Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics Abstract: This article takes a look at the incidence of verbal or physical violence nurses face on a daily basis and examines the importance of preparedness in handling potentially violent situations in the workplace. Nursing must overcome a culture of acceptance or tolerance of violence in the workplace. Follow these guidelines to defuse potentially violent situations and protect patients and staff alike. Jeffery Strickler is a vice president at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a member of the Nursing2018 editorial board. The author has disclosed no financial relationships related to this article. Copyright © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.