Violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. According to our HealthyNurse® Survey, 35 % of respondents have been verbally and/or physically threatened by a patient or patient’s family member. Thirty-one percent have experienced verbal or nonverbal aggression from a peer and 23 % have experienced aggression from a person in a higher level of authority. These stats are unacceptable.
Bullying, hostility, and violence can cause nurses to suffer physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. In addition, workplace incivility can lead to burnout or cause nurses to leave the profession entirely. Nurses, employers, and other healthcare leaders must work together to combat this dangerous problem.
ANA’s Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence Position Statement explains that nurses and their employers working together are the foundation of an effective workplace violence prevention program, but your safety always starts with you. During this challenge, we’ll share a strategy each day you can use to prevent violence against yourself and other nurses and help build a safer, more respectful workplace.
We need laws that protects nurses ,we need to be out spoken to report these issues and not to be afraid because these abuses are under reported.
We should not be desensitized about nurse abuse or normalize it .
we should be able to do our job without fear .
To accomplish this ,public awareness about the impact of nurses in our society is important.
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