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Action Alert: update on #EndNurseAbuse

Thursday, November 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Presutti
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Silver Spring, MD 20910
We just learned that the House of Representatives is voting on our workplace violence legislation this week! This progress is a direct result of the thousands of nurse advocates, like you, who have weighed in with their elected officials. But we can't let up now: Tell your representative to vote yes on this urgently needed bill and help us take a major step toward our goal of ending nurse abuse once and for all.
 
-Matt, ANA

 

 
 
 
I wanted to share some big news from Congress.
 
This news is personal to me, because I was forcefully arrested at work for following my hospital's policy of protecting an unconscious patient who could not consent to a blood draw.
 
It's unacceptable that one in four of us nurses has been hurt by workplace violence. And now, it's time to do something about it.
 
The stories are horrifying, and all too common. Every single day, nurses are stabbed, punched, grabbed, kicked, verbally assaulted, or worse.
 
I refuse to allow these abuses to be part of the reality of what it means to be a nurse. But unless ALL of us speak up for this bill, right now, it will continue. Send your letter today >>
 
When we raise our voices together, we win real change for ALL nurses. Last Congress, ANA won a major victory when nurses were included in a national opioid response plan. And more than 16,000 nurse advocates have already signed ANA's #EndNurseAbuse pledge, standing together against workplace violence and committing to report abuse whenever safely possible.
 
This bill is the critical next step. It will require health care and social service industry employers to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan. It will impact not just nurses but other healthcare workers who work alongside us. Can you spare 1 minute to show your support for this bill, and help move it forward?
 
Nurses belong to the most trusted profession in America and our voices are enormously powerful. If we stand together, we CAN pass this important legislation.
 
Thanks for helping work toward a future where nurses can safely help others heal... without putting ourselves at risk along the way.
 
Thank you,
 
Alex, RN
ANA Member
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