Date of Award

Spring 2022

Project Type

Clinical Doctorate

College or School




Program or Major

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Cathleen Colleran, DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Dr. Eric Elliot, DMSc, PA-C



The ever-rising concern for safety in the healthcare setting has become increasingly prevalent and levels of hostility and violence more publicly visible. Over the last decade both patients and clinicians have been targeted in healthcare facilities at record levels. These incidents have created an environment of not only risk but increased anxiety and feelings of uncertainty for most clinical personnel. The study will initially measure clinician’s viewpoint of the clinical setting that they work in; and over the span of the project, track and evaluate the effects of the interventions on clinicians’ overall feelings and perceptions. The expected outcome of the study will provide improvements to safety for clinicians, decreased anxiety for team members, and quality improvement to the overall clinical environment.

Keywords: safety, clinical healthcare, urgent care, acute care, primary care, violence, active shooter, safety improvements, violence against clinicians