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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2023

Nguyen Tom Griggs

Speaker at Nursing Conferences - Nguyen Tom Griggs
Owner, Lead Connect Grow LLC, United States
Title : Personal defense & security tactics for healthcare workers


The personal defense session teaches participants to deal with instances where patients or family members may become violent, attack them or need safe restraining. The techniques are based on physical space (proximity), leverage, physiology and psychological awareness. The methods focus on allowing participants to escape from or restrain patients while not creating undue harm or injury. Specifically, we will focus on releasing from grabs, holds, and chokes and how to use clothing as a self-defense tool. All techniques are based on Japanese Jujitsu, focusing on having maximum effectiveness by doing minimal harm.

Audience Take Away Notes: 

  • Provide physical and psychological safety techniques for participants
  • Demonstrate a variety of verbal and spatial awareness components in potentially dangerous settings
  • Empower healthcare workers and students concerning their safety, well-being, and situational control
  • Discuss verbal and non-verbal communications cues in de-escalation situations


Nguyen “Tom” Griggs Ed.D. is a leadership, conflict management, and self-defense trainer. Tom has worked with corporate, education and non-profit clients over the past decade. Recently, he has focused his efforts on teaching healthcare worker safety, de-escalation techniques, and working with security. He founded Lead Connect Grow LLC in 2014. Tom was featured on the cover of MA Success magazine in May 2018 and subsequently wrote a leadership column for the next 2 years. He’s appeared on TV and podcasts about using Japanese Jujitsu principles for interpersonal settings and healthcare safety.