What We're Talking About This Week - May 24th

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Texas lawmakers are working toward passing new legislative measures to increase campus safety, one year after the mass shooting at Santa Fe high school which left 10 dead and 13 injured. In the 2015-2016 years, 95 percent of public schools ran active shooter drills, and in the greater Boston area, the school lockdown drills are giving kids stress dreams. Across the country, many doctors, nurses and other health care workers have remained silent about what is being called an epidemic of violence. Safety managers can identify early signs of workplace violence or bullhing. According to Campus Safety Magazine, there are 3 workplace violence levels and strategies to address them

Key Points:

  • Before committing acts of violence, employees typically exhibit warning signs ahead of time. Identifying these behaviors can help prepare for a workplace violence incident and mitigate danger to other workers 
  • Level 1 is known as intimidation or "early warning signs", which includes uncooperativeness disrespectful or discourteous behavior, verbal abuse or innapropriate statements 
  • Level 2 is escalation of the situation, including an employee who argues with customers, stalking, harassing, or excessive focus, or making indirect threats, refusal to listen to company policy, or the stealing of company equipment 
  • Level 3 is a further escalation that results in emergency response, including suicidal threas, physical fights with coworkers, destruction of property, or displaying of extreme rage 

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

Car-Ride Sharing Safety Tips to Give To Students

car-ride sharing tipsIn March, Samantha Josephson, a 21-year old college student at the University of South Carolina, was killed after getting into a car she mistook for an Uber, as per the New York Times. The incident brought new attention to the risks car-ride sharing apps pose for students, as similar incidents of kidnapping, sexual assault, and robbery have been reported across the nation. Students will likely continue to use Uber, Lyft, or other similar services, especially during peak social times, and college or university officials should provide students with best practices to stay safe while using rideshare apps.

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The Role Communication Plays in Workplace Safety for Nurses

workplace safety for nursesEven though the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States, reports show that rates of violent workplace incidents are higher for nurses and medical practitioners on average. Communication is critical during incidents and plays a major role in workplace safety for nurses. There are currently 3.9 million Resident Nurses, 4 million home care aides, 270,000 Nurse Practictioners and 724,500 LPNs/LVNs in the U.S. and women account for 87% of the overall nursing workforce. Statistics show that nurses endure staggering amounts of physical and verbal abuse, often from the patients they treat.

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Best Practices for Running K-12 School Safety Drills

School Safety OfficerK-12 schools around the country are on high alert due to the shocking rise of active shooters and school safety threats. The tragic news that there is yet another school shooting is unfortunately crossing television screens and popping up on social media more and more often. School shootings have drastically increased over the last 10 years. Between 2009 and 2018 there were 181 shootings that occurred in educational settings. These events are causing widespread panic and nerves for school administrators, educators, students, and parents.

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Rave In the News 

In Morehead, Kentucky, a new emergency alert system is now live. The service automatically delivers emergency notifications to residents homes, which will be critical during a tornado warning. After signing up for Smart 911, residents can decide how you want us to contact you. Residents can receive text messages, phone calls, or emails regarding severe weather, natural disasters, man-made disasters, or a missing child. Additionally, residents can provide emergency information about family member who require special care due to health problems. Residents can also choose to download the app and have even more control of the information they receive.

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Mary Kate McGrath

Written by Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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