Incivility and bullying of new graduates

Together we can bring about change. Bullying and incivility are all too common in nursing and continue to drive new graduates from the profession. Although great strides have been made in providing support to new...

Nurses and the public’s trust

Speaking out against racism, discrimination, and prejudice. We’re extremely fortunate to be members of a profession that the public considers the most honest and ethical for the 18th year in a row, according to...

Mentoring in the age of new nursing

My first job in nursing was on a medical oncology floor where there was a lot of bullying. I was a new nurse so I didn’t know that bullying among nurses is common. I...

High physician suicide rates: Nursing interventions

How can physicians give patients the care and compassion they don’t receive themselves?  Every year 300-400 physicians commit suicide. In her poignant TEDMED talk Dr. Pamela Wible discusses her book, “Physician Suicide Letters Answered”...

Nurse suicide: Prevention and grief management

Addressing suicide when it occurs and assessing for risk are key to prevention. Takeaways Nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. Grief after the death of a colleague by suicide can...

Workplace violence prevention legislation passes in U.S. Houseadvisors

The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309) in November 2019. This legislation will require...

2020: The Year of the Nurse lifts off

When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 2020 would be designated The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, enthusiasm rippled throughout the global nursing community. Coinciding with the 200th birth anniversary of...

Joy stealing: Stopping happiness thieves

Learn how to deal with coworkers who take the joy out of work. THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA) and my state organization, the Texas Nurses Association, give me inspiration and practical ideas I use every...

Time to end nurse abuse

Resources and efforts to prevent workplace violence. Virtually every nurse has experienced or witnessed some degree of workplace violence. For Donna Fountain, PhD, RN, the first incident occurred many years ago when she was a...

#EndNurseAbuse—Help is on the way

New resources to protect RNs from workplace violence THE American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Health Risk Appraisal in 2016 indicated that 25% of nurses had been physically assaulted by a patient or patient’s family member and...

Workplace violence: Don’t risk it, de-escalate it

Know the warning signs and stay calm.   WHETHER you’re a certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner, you’ll likely deal with patients who are feeling pain, have lost their independence, or...
verbal de-escalation safety

Verbal de-escalation for clinical practice safety

 The right tools—and support from your organization—will protect you and your patients. Takeaways: Nurses and other healthcare workers are harmed by violent patients and family members and need to be safe in practice. Many nurses...
passion with purpose

Passion with purpose

Looking back on ANA's work and presidency. THE PRESIDENCY of the American Nurses Association (ANA) is one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding roles in American nursing. It has been my privilege to serve ANA...