presented by Julie Brandy
Healthcare professionals working in all settings have the potential to encounter patients demonstrating aggressive behaviors. Due to a multitude of reasons which will be presented, these are issues that may frequently be encountered by providers in the rehabilitation setting. The importance of prevention, early recognition, and safe management of aggressive behavior will be discussed. The role of the organization to provide a safe environment for patients and staff members will be emphasized.
Dr. Brandy is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Valparaiso University. She holds a PhD in Nursing Science from Loyola University, Chicago, a master’s degree as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and a post-graduate Certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Valparaiso University. Dr. Brandy is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing. Her clinical background includes experience in critical care, surgery, acute, and residential psychiatric care, family practice. She currently practices as a nurse practitioner overseeing the care of rehabilitation and extended-care patients at a residential facility. Dr. Brandy’s work has been published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services and Jacob’s Journal of Gerontology. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations including Sigma Theta Tau, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, National Gerontological Nursing Association, and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She has been invited to serve as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. Her research interests include spirituality and mental health.
It is important for all healthcare providers working in rehabilitation to have an understanding of best practices when working with patients demonstrating aggressive behavior. By completing a holistic assessment for all patients, including their behavioral responses to stressors, early recognition and prompt interventions can be initiated to decrease the incidence of aggressive behaviors.
Methods that can be utilized by all healthcare professionals to prevent the development of aggressive behavior in the rehabilitation setting will be discussed.
Although any patient in the rehabilitation setting has the potential for aggressive behavior, specific disorders may place patients at greater risk of developing this behavior. The importance of a holistic evaluation of potential origins of aggressive behavior will be examined, as well as a discussion of instruments that may be used to predict aggressive behavior in the rehabilitation setting.
Keeping in mind that safety is the priority for all individuals involved, techniques for managing aggressive behavior in the rehabilitation setting will be discussed.
Healthcare organizations have a legal responsibility to ensure safety in the workplace. The importance and examples of methods that can be utilized to safeguard patients and employees in the rehabilitation setting will be discussed.