Make Your Voice Heard.
It’s day 10 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. On this last day of the challenge make your voice heard. Advocate!
Advocate for enforceable safety standards and make safety from violence an advocacy priority.
Building a culture of safety with your colleagues and managers is the first and best approach to reducing the risk of violence at work. However, that might not always be enough. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged with ensuring that healthcare employers keep their workplace free of serious safety hazards. The agency has guidelines for healthcare employers. Unfortunately, the guidelines are voluntary, and not enforceable. That is why ANA supports federal action to make it harder for employers to ignore violence in healthcare settings. OSHA should create a safety standard that gives teeth to the guidelines. Let your Congressional representatives know you support efforts to create a safety standard to address workplace violence in healthcare settings.
In January, a new Congress and Administration will begin in Washington, DC. Many state assemblies will open as well. You can help your elected representatives understand they need to enact policies that protect you from workplace violence. When you and your nurse advocate partners send messages to policymakers, make sure workplace safety is on your list of priorities. Visit #EndNurseAbuse for tips and tools.
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