Nurses are trusted and respected for our expertise and knowledge. These precious tools can be used to advocate for our patients, our profession and ourselves. All of us can find appropriate ways to advocate through person-to-person meetings with our unit or healthcare institution leaders, or through calls and letters to our elected officials. Below are some suggestions and opportunities to raise our voices to support the needs of our patients and their families and move our profession forward to make our optimal contribution to the healthcare system.
End Workplace Violence
Urge Congressional Leaders to Support the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Workers Act
In a bipartisan move, the House Education and Labor Committee has advanced H.R. 1195, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Workers Act out of committee. AACN has joined with the Nursing Community Coalition to urge House leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote.
This bill will allow the Secretary of Labor to issue an interim standard on workplace violence prevention that requires employers in the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan. It also requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create enforceable safety standards by 2025.
AACN continues to advocate for a safe and healthy work environment. This legislation aligns with recommendations in our AACN Position Statement: Preventing Violence Against Healthcare Workers. Join us and make your voice heard by sending a message to your federal House of Representatives members in support of this bill.
Use your own letter or personalize the letter below to tell your federal House member to support this legislation.
Help Keep Friends and Family Safe
Sample Letter on Social Distancing
Share your passion and commitment to safety with your friends and family by explaining the importance of maintaining science-based social distancing rules.
Sample Social Media Post
As the country begins to reopen, please continue to diligently practice social distancing. Reducing the number of people exposed to the coronavirus is one of the essential ways to keep front-line healthcare workers safe.
Suggested Talking Points
I am a nurse. I respect your opinion and I need you to respect mine. Social distancing is important to me because we may not have the resources to care for you if you become seriously ill. I hear you but I don’t want to see you in my ICU/hospital.
Use Your Voice for Vital COVID-19 Support
AACN continues to advocate for a federal response to COVID-19. Join us, make your voice heard and send a message to your Congressional representatives.
Use your own letter or personalize the letter below to tell your Congressperson to take action now.
Step 1 — Find your members of Congress
Step 2 — Use this sample letter or your own