#EndNurseAbuse Challenge 76
#EndNurseAbuse Challenge
Nurses are the most trusted — yet most abused — profession. According to our 2021 survey, 30% of nurses had experienced verbal or nonverbal aggression from a peer. And 24% had experienced verbal or nonverbal aggression from a person in a higher level of authority at work. About 14% had been assaulted by a patient or family member of a patient while at work.

The data prove that nurses have a much higher risk of experiencing workplace violence than other professions.

This abuse isn’t always as pronounced as physical assaults like punching or slapping. It’s also incivility, bullying, and sexual and verbal abuse. And while the problem has existed in the health care industry for decades, it’s not getting better or going away. Some would argue that it’s getting worse.

The bottom line is this: We can’t expect leadership to be the driving force behind the effort to #EndNurseAbuse. 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. We need to consider this issue not only as nursing leadership’s problem but also as our own problem to help solve. By doing so, millions of us across the globe can band together to become the solution.

Workplace violence does not have an easy fix. We are not suggesting that nurses can solve this systemic, entrenched, deeply divisive issue with a 10-day challenge. But we are providing 10 days of ways that you can contribute to stopping violence against nurses.

You are not alone in this effort. ANA seeks to protect nurses from all types of workplace conflict through various methods, including advocacy, policy, and resources. We are actively advocating further, more stringent workplace violence regulation through:
Date & Time
Monday April 4th, 2022
End Date & Time
Friday April 15th, 2022

How are you doing in the challenge?


Glad to see incivility included in this topic and discussion in addition to the sometimes more noticeable bullying & violence. 

On most surveys evaluating stress they score major life events that hopefully occur infrequently like moving, death in family, changing jobs etc. but they also cover the smaller repeated daily hassles like commute traffic, spilling coffee, or missing lunch.

The daily irritants or hassles become almost ignored as we focus on just getting through the day but the impact of them on our stress response is a steady climb upwards if we don't have the ability to reset. 

Dealing with incivility is a frequent stressor that not only impacts our health but also self esteem, self confidence and self worth. It's impact can be devastating especially when coming from those we should be able to look towards for support and guidance. Excusing it away or repeated apologies afterwards that do not appear authentic help to create an atmosphere of forced tolerance in the workplace & helps create a toxic environment. 

It can also be hard to handle when coming from members of the public in a way to halt it without escalating it especially if the policies on what is and is not acceptable fluctuate depending on the day and staff on duty. 

All forms  - bullying, violence and incivility are equally unacceptable. 

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