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Protect Yourselves, Protect Your Patients

The American Nurses Association (ANA) convened a professional issues panel to develop policy and identify strategies to address barriers to nurses and other health care workers reporting violence and abuse, and to strengthen 'zero-tolerance' policies.

infographic: 1 in 4 nurses assaulted. Only 20-60% incidents reported. 13% of missed work days are due to WPV

work·place vi·o·lence
/ˈwərkˌplās ˈvī(ə)ləns/
Any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening, disruptive behavior from patients, patient's family members, external individuals, and hospital personnel. It includes physical, sexual, and psychological assaults.

This under-reported epidemic has devastating results on the healthcare industry. Studies show that WPV can affect the quality of care and care outcomes, contribute to the development of psychological conditions, and reduce the RN's level of job satisfaction and organizational commitment.


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Resource Guide New - One-Page version

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Issues Brief

The Issues Brief: Reporting Incidents of Violence provides guidance on creating a culture that supports reporting as well as mechanisms to support zero-tolerance policies. It also outlines recommendations for workplace violence prevention.

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Webinar: It's NOT Part of the Job!


You CAN do something about workplace violence (WPV). Attend the Violence Against Nurses: It's NOT Part of the Job! webinar to examine approaches to intervene and prevent acts of WPV. Also here about the ANA's position and measure to eliminate WPV against nurses. 

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Workplace violence in nursing is a real and prevalent problem. We are speaking up, and raising awareness of the issue to inspire change. Watch this #ENA video.


Violence is not part of the job video



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Text Your Pledge

Join the social movement by pledging to support nurses and other health care workers. Text PLEDGE to 52886 and then share on social media.


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ANA prioritizes development of enforceable federal standards that establish active roles for health care workers to identify and address the risks of violence in their unique settings.
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#EndNurseAbuse legislation letter to lawmakers. This Word document will enable you to easily customize your letter to lawmakers and includes links to House and Senate cosponsors.
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:: Member resource regarding Workplace Hazards and Concerns.
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:: Informational OSHA flyer.
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Infographic on Workplace Violence (WPV).
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fact cards

Series of graphic cards with important facts and testimony on Nurse Abuse.
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