Programs at the conference reviewed the history of the MeToo movement and its effect on hospitals and the healthcare field generally. This same study found that 47 percent of physicians who reported they had been sexually harassed said they were harassed by another physician. Charges filed with the EEOC alleging sexual harassment increased by For charges alleging harassment, reasonable cause findings increased by All of these figures make clear it is imperative that hospitals and other healthcare employers invest in training and a top-down approach to modeling behavior to create and maintain a workplace free from sexual and other forms of unlawful harassment. Speakers at the conference, as well as their healthcare lawyer colleagues in the audience, repeatedly called for a collaborative approach to addressing the issue of sexual harassment in the healthcare workplace.
Sexual harassment in the hospital industry: an empirical inquiry.
Sexual harassment of nurses can be as simple as a patient's unwanted flirtatious winks or as elaborate as a male hospital physician's systematic assaults on female employees. And nurses are likely to encounter this occupational hazard. In a University of Missouri study, 21 of 29 nurses surveyed said patients had sexually harassed them. Of male nurses in the NurseWeek study, 32 percent said they had been targets of physician sexual harassment. Some observers say stereotypes fuel sexual harassment of nurses. Violent themes found in the media may also increase the intensity of sexual harassment.
#MeToo in medicine: Women, harassed in hospitals and operating rooms, await reckoning
Prevent harassment before it begins. And take action when it does. Sexual harassment always has been an issue in healthcare, and it's not hard to find examples: a California surgeon who slapped a nurse's rear every morning while saying "I'm horny" ; a Denver nurse sent to prison for groping patients while they were sedated ; a patient who pinned a nurse to a bed and ripped her clothes off. Ideally, everyone could go to work without having to worry about harassment and reprisal.
Inside a bright operating room, Dr. Christina Jenkins gripped her surgical clamp, ready to remove a skin graft. With her was a scrub tech, an anesthesiologist, and, across the operating table, the attending physician — a veteran trauma and burn surgeon. Jenkins, a resident at the time who was just beginning her career, dug her surgical instrument underneath the skin graft.