Prevent Workplace Violence

Nurses Applaud Introduction of Federal Legislation to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care Facilities

National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, announced its support for the Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention Act, introduced today by Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17).

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Nurses Condemn Police Assault on Utah Hospital RN for Advocating for an Unconscious Patient

National Nurses United today criticized the actions of Salt Lake City police officers for assaulting and arresting a University of Utah registered nurse for advocating for an unconscious patient in late July.

National Nurses United
September 1, 2017
NNU RNs testify on importance of workplace violence regulations

NNU Nurses' Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare

Today, on his last day in office, Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels announced that U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be granting National Nurses United's (NNU) petition for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings.

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Nurse on the job injury

Violence against nurses in hospitals not routinely tracked, reported

Violence against nurses in hospitals has become an epidemic. A federal report found 21 percent of nurses report verbal abuse, physical assault, and even rape.

Meghan Dwyer, WGN
November 17, 2017

Nurses Face More Violence From Hospital Patients

Nurses and other health care workers increasingly face verbal abuse, physical assaults and injuries, often from the patients they're trying to help, according to testimony at a Jan. 10 meeting held by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Capitol Hill.

Lisa Esposito, US News And World Report
January 18, 2017

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Here’s an alarming statistic: Around one in four nurses has been physically attacked at work in the last year. Patients often kick, scratch, and grab them; in rare cases even kill them. In fact, there are nearly as many violent injuries in the healthcare industry as there are in all other industries combined.

Alexia Fernández Campbell writing for The Atlantic
Norma Rae, 1979

Collective Power Key to Fight Sexual Harassment, Assault

It’s time to fight harder than ever to protect women workers’ right to a collective voice, and to defend a contractually upheld grievance process that has often been the only thing preventing retaliation for reporting sexual misconduct at work.

Bonnie Castillo, Director of Health and Safety
December 11, 2017

Big News: NNU Nurses’ Petition Granted for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence

Kicked in the chest by a combative patient. Choked with her own stethoscope. Left to fend for himself when a visitor arrived at the hospital with a gun. These are some of the personal experiences shared today by NNU nurses from around the country at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stakeholder meeting in Washington, D.C. on workplace violence in healthcare settings.

National Nurses United
January 10, 2017

How important is Public Policy and Protective Legislation for Nurses & Patients?

During the last two years alone, nurses represented by California Nurses Association and National Nurses United fought to author and pass state and national legislation that includes Safe RN-to Patient Staffing Ratio’s and California’s Ballot Proposition 61, also known as the Drug Price Relief Act.

Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio
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