Health and Safety
New report: High and rising rates of workplace violence and employer failure to implement effective prevention strategies is contributing to the staffing crisis
NNU's survey results reveal majority of nurses have experienced workplace violence, with nearly half seeing a rise in rates in the past year.
Updates on the CDC Advisory Committee’s efforts to weaken infection control guidance for health care
On January 23, 2024, CDC announced the results of its review of HICPAC’s draft. The CDC is requiring HICPAC to address some of the core issues that NNU has been raising, including the use of respirators vs. surgical masks to protect health care workers from pathogens that transmit through the air.
Take action now to help ensure CDC and HICPAC protect health care workers and patients from infectious diseases.
Registered nurses across the United States understand the need to set a minimum number of nurses to safely care for a given number of patients, with adjustments to increase nurse staffing based on patient acuity.
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.
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.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, NNU has led the way in advocating for and winning protections for nurses and other health care workers across the country. View all our Covid-19 news and resources.
Learn about mpox, its symptoms, how it is transmitted, and what protections nurses and other health care workers need to care for a patient with a confirmed case.
NNU has won landmark mandatory Ebola guidelines in California and collective bargaining agreements with strong infectious disease protections.
This detailed guide provides information about the importance of ventilation, what employers should do to reduce aerosol-transmitted pathogens, and how nurses can identify whether their employers are compliant or not.
A large proportion of people who get Covid-19 experience long-term symptoms and health impacts, known as “long Covid.” Read our flyer to learn about what measures are necessary to protect staff and patients from long Covid.
Following initial Covid-19 infection, a significant proportion of people continue to experience new, recurring, or ongoing symptoms and health problems that persist from several weeks or months to years.
There are two main types of N95 respirators: health care/surgical and industrial. Learn more about health care vs industrial N95s (updated April 2023).
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.
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.