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ED Shooting Shows Why Confronting Hospital Violence Must Be A Priority
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The Feb. 15 early morning shooting inside the emergency department of Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, NC, provides an unwelcomed, frightening, and extreme example of the violence that healthcare professionals too often confront. The story got little play nationally and not that much play around North Carolina—a couple of news cycles and then nothing. That left me wondering if hospital violence has become so commonplace that it no longer warrants extensive news coverage. [Read More]
  March 1, 2010

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