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The Gritty Nurse Podcast

Sep 22, 2022

"92% of healthcare workers experienced workplace violence in April 2022" (Security Magazine) 

In this episode, Amie & Sara discuss the current rise of violence towards healthcare workers. In an article posted by the Amercican Medical Association, it was noted that "...violence against healthcare employees has markedly increased since the onset of the pandemic. The American Hospital Association (AHA) reports that healthcare workers suffer more workplace injuries because of violence than any other profession".  It is not just verbal but physical violence as well. Our guest this week, Dr. Resa Lewiss, discusses the pervasiveness of violence she has seen and experinced in her own profession. 

Dr. Resa E. Lewiss MD is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia PA.  She directs the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Section. She publishes and speaks on equity, health design, point-of-ultrasound, medical education, global health, and navigating the workplace, including leadership and mentorship. Resa has led point-of-care ultrasound education courses regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

After graduating Brown University with a degree in Sociology and Racial Ethnic Studies, Resa attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She spent one year at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar. Resa is a graduate and former chief resident of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program in Boston, MA. She graduated in the first emergency ultrasound fellowship class at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, NY.  Resa was the Fellowship Director and Chief of the Emergency Ultrasound Section there from 2003-2014.  From 2014 – 2017, she led the Point of Care Ultrasound program at the University of Colorado.

Resa publishes, speaks, and is committed to creating a safe, equitable, and dignified work environments in healthcare. She is the creator and host of the Visible Voices podcast coving topics of Healthcare, Equity, and Current Trends. Her work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Slate among others. You can learn more at and follow her on twitter @ResaELewiss