Last week we held our last board meeting of the year. It is hard to believe my term as ENA president is almost over. Just a few weeks left and I turn the gavel over to Deena Brecher.
Two weeks ago, a terrible tragedy occurred. A nurse died as the result of workplace violence in my hometown of Longview, Texas. Three others were injured during the attack. This week, one of the three people injured also died. Now two people are dead, the result of a senseless act of violence. This incident emphasizes the importance of the research ENA is doing in this area. We have to continue to collaborate with others to create a safe environment for all health care workers. There are so many things that need our focus while we are at work, and whether or not our environment is safe should not be one of them. Talk to the leadership at your hospital. Educate them to the facts. We have to advocate for ourselves.
ENA resources that can help you work with your colleagues and administrators to prevent workplace violence can be found here.