Go to any hospital or medical office and that's where you can expect to find this group of people who have dedicated themselves to helping others get back to good health, nurses. What you may not expect to find is that more than half of nurses have been verbally abused while 1 in 4 have been physically assaulted in the workplace, though nearly half of assaults go unreported according to a 2019 survey of more than 5,000 American nurses. It adds that 13% of missed workdays among nurses is due to workplace violence. Those statistics show that health care workers are exposed to violence at a higher rate than prison guards or police officers, the ANA reports.
For the month of May, which is National Nurses Month, Fire Dept. Coffee is dedicated to supporting the American Nurses Association (ANA), the premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s more than 4.2 million nurses. Throughout the month, Fire Dept. Coffee is giving customers the option of adding a donation at checkout to support ANA’s #EndNurseAbuse campaign to stop workplace violence and abuse against nurses.
“Every nurse deserves to feel safe and protected in the workplace. Any level of violence or abuse is wholly unacceptable and should not be tolerated. ANA’s #EndNurseAbuse campaign was developed to support nurses to ensure that every health care setting and health system are safe work environments for nurses. We extend a heartfelt thank you to Fire Department Coffee for their valued partnership and support on this critical issue. A health care system that works for all Americans is a health care system that values nurses. Together we can #EndNurseAbuse,” said Senior Policy Advisor for Nursing Practice & Work Environment at ANA, Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES.
Each donation helps support the ANA’s efforts to advocate for the safety of health care workers through legislative protections and working with health care organizations to initiate safety protocols aimed at creating a more safe and secure workplace to protect nurses so that they can protect their patients.
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