Kingston discusses Hospitals Against Violence framework

In a blog post this week, Mary Beth Kingston, PhD, RN, past AONL board chair, discussed a new framework from Hospitals Against Violence, an initiative of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The framework contains four critical pillars necessary for implementing comprehensive violence mitigation strategies: trauma support, a culture of safety, violence intervention and risk mitigation. “The framework is preventative, responsive and continual, calling for ongoing support from leadership and buy-in from the workforce. With its use, leaders can care for the caregivers while also making the community as a whole safer,” she concluded. Kingston is chief nursing officer at Advocate Aurora Health in Milwaukee, Wis., an AHA Board member and chair of the Hospitals Against Violence advisory group. (AHA News blog post, 10/19/21)