The following press release was published by PRNewswire:
The statistics are staggering. According to surveys by American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association, almost half of emergency physicians and about 70 percent of emergency nurses have been physically assaulted at work.
That’s why ACEP and ENA have launched “No Silence on ED Violence,” a new campaign to stop these attacks and protect emergency department professionals and patients. This joint effort aims to support, empower and protect those working in our nation’s emergency departments by raising awareness of the serious dangers emergency health providers face every day, and by generating action among stakeholders and policymakers to ensure a violence-free workplace for emergency nurses and physicians.
“No nurse or physician in the emergency department – or any other health care professional – should feel unsafe. We’re there to care for people, not to have to question our own safety. Workplace violence is really important to us in the emergency department because it really impacts the care we deliver,” said ENA President Patti Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN.