Health and Safety
Nurses and other health care workers are on the front lines of the pandemic; our and our patient's protection is of the utmost importance. View our resources on Covid-19 and protecting nurses and other health care workers and their patients.
Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios
NNU’s proposal for minimum, mandated, nurse-to-patient staffing ratios sets a minimum number of nurses to safely care for a given number of patients, with adjustments to increase nurse staffing based on patient acuity. Learn more about our campaign.
Workplace Violence Prevention
Violence against nurses and other health care workers in hospitals and other health care facilities is a growing epidemic across the United States. Learn more about NNU's national campaign to prevent workplace violence.
Covid-19 and Ebola are high-profile examples of the infectious diseases to which RNs can be exposed. NNU advocates for nurses to have the resources they need, including education, training, and optimal personal protective equipment. Our successes include winning a historic OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to protect health care workers from Covid-19, landmark mandatory Ebola guidelines in California, and collective bargaining agreements with strong infectious disease protections.
Sprains, strains, and tears, make up 52% of all injuries that result in days away from work for RNs. Unsafe patient handling causes the bulk of these injuries, some of which have ended nurses’ careers. The solution? A safe patient handling program that includes appropriate equipment, education, and training. NNU regularly sponsors state and federal legislation, participates in the rulemaking process, and negotiates strong contracts to ensure that RNs are protected.
Is Covid Endemic for All?
This CE class will provide a historical analysis of labeling a disease endemic and how it undergirds government and employer inaction. After tracing this history, the class will discuss the ways in which we can reimagine a “new normal” through the care work of nurses as well as public health and workplace measures to combat the pandemic.
Moral Injury and PTSD in the Nursing Profession
This CE class will describe how the Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the stress inherent in the registered nurse’s role within the current for-profit health care system. The class will explore the critical stressors, both acute and chronic, facing the profession and offer solutions to mitigate those stressors.
Post-Exposure Isolation Period for Omicron SARS-CoV-2 Variant
This scientific brief outlines the incubation period and what nurses and other health care workers should do when exposed to Covid-19.
OSHA Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standard
Learn what is now required under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standard.
Covid Testing and Screening in Health Care Settings
This brief goes over a science-driven approach to protecting nurses and other health care workers, our patients, and public health.
Nurse Advocacy Network
The NNU Nurse Advocacy Network is a community of activists who are ready to mobilize to ensure that nurses and other front line health care workers have the protections and safety standards they need to care for patients.
Research and Reports
Protecting Our Front Line: Ending the Shortage of Good Nursing Jobs and the Industry-created Unsafe Staffing Crisis
In this report, National Nurses United describes how the hospital industry has driven registered nurses from the profession.
Workplace Violence and Covid-19 in Health Care: How the Hospital Industry Created an Occupational Syndemic
This report details stark evidence of how the dual failures of health care employers to protect nurses and patients from Covid-19 and workplace violence synergistically interact to amplify the harms caused by each individually.
Deadly Shame: Redressing the Devaluation of Registered Nurse Labor Through Pandemic Equity
This white paper provides context and history for why moral distress and moral injury are happening to the most trusted profession in the United States.