The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) will hold its 2012 Leadership Conference in New Orleans beginning today through Sunday, February 26 at the New Orleans Convention Center. The meeting will focus on several key issues related to emergency nursing, including the problem of workplace violence.
A survey released last year by ENA found that more than one in ten emergency nurses reported experiencing physical abuse over a seven day period and more than half experienced verbal abuse, in the workplace. The survey also explored the specific types of assault, where they occurred, whether they were reported and the kinds of safety and reporting policies hospitals implemented, and their effectiveness. ENA conducts this survey every three months; an update will be issued this fall.
ENA has developed a workplace violence toolkit to help hospital and emergency department administrators address and reduce workplace violence against emergency nurses, other hospital staff and patients.
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MEDIA NOTE: To schedule an interview with an ENA spokesperson during the Leadership Conference about workplace violence or another topic, please contact Gretchen Wright at 202/371-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ENA is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of 40,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention and patient education. Additional information is available at ENA’s website www.ena.org.