The statistics are staggering.
According to surveys by the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association, almost half of emergency physicians report being physically assaulted at work, while about 70 percent of emergency nurses report being hit and kicked while on the job. Furthermore, the vast majority – 80 percent – of emergency physicians say violence in the emergency department harms patient care. Similarly, emergency nurses report that the harmful consequences of experiencing a violent event at work interfere with the delivery of high-quality patient care.
The frequency of violent attacks on nurses, physicians and patients in our nation’s emergency departments is unconscionable and unacceptable. For medical professionals, being assaulted in the emergency department must no longer be tolerated as “part of the job.”
In an effort to meaningfully minimize these attacks and protect emergency department professionals, ENA and ACEP launched a new campaign called “No Silence on ED Violence.” This joint effort aims to support, empower and provide the resources our respective members need to effect safety improvements at their workplace, while engaging state and federal policymakers, stakeholder organizations and the public at large to generate action to address this crisis.
We invite and encourage you to join us in this vital effort. Turn to this website for resources and content that help you support those victimized by workplace violence and explore ways to reduce the frequency of violent incidents. You can join the conversation on social media any time by using #StopEDViolence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Amid this crisis of violence in emergency departments, the time has come to raise our voices to raise awareness of the dangers faced by all ED staff as they work each day to deliver the best possible care to patients when they need it most.
Share Your Story: Follow No Silence on ED Violence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation and share your story to help build public awareness using #StopEDViolence.
Resources: Educational and training resources, as well as position statements and research, that offer context to the ED violence crisis and provide suggestions for mitigating it.
Report (Coming Soon): Go-to information and guidance on reporting workplace assaults to hospital administrators and law enforcement.
Advocacy: Summaries of proposed and current state and federal legislation aimed at curbing violence in health care, and materials you can use to voice your support for tougher laws.
Join Us (Coming Soon): Add your name to the list of those who support victims of workplace violence and choose to speak out against violence in the ED.