I barely ever watch the news or partake in the brutality of politics, ever. It is with great sadness that we have a system that is so deeply divided at the foundational level that it favors one race over another, throws its elderly away, withholding medical supplies from healthcare workers, penalizing those with advocating for the weak or who are afraid to speak up for themselves…it is absolutely demoralizing and sad.

Armed masked and shielded men and women engage Black Lives Matter protestors often peaceful often end in massive injuries and video documentation. On the other hand……yesterday……..the guards were not…


Lateral and patient/family on nurse abuse has gotten so out of control that in the news we are reading more and more nurses are committing suicide. We need to really help ourselves as nurses, through education and helping one another or the violence is only going to get worse. Some may agree with what I am about to say, others may really get offended, but as nurses, we need to hold ourselves accountable and fix what we can with this mess we are in. The legislation is what we also need for increased security and mandate hospitals to provide protections…


A Rude Awakening: The Nursing Struggle

What is nursing? Nursing is a state of mind, passion, a life some of us chose and for some, it chose us. Our battle started with prerequisites and the struggle to get into nursing school. Then when we found out when starting our nursing school journey that we were already in over our heads on the first day! Nursing theory for roughly 20 hours while clinical for another 20 hours on top of homework, working around school, studying, and juggling family life. Some students are single parents with no help or social support, I certainly know this to be true…


As Nurses Grieve, The Nation Watches

Being a healthcare worker is my superpower, something that I am good at and advocate tirelessly for my nursing profession, and for those that help us with our jobs. With the overpowering emotions that I was feeling of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, it quickly came to me; these are the stages of grief and the massive loss that we will encounter over the next few months. For me, the denial was thinking the virus was only staying in China. Though it was terrible, people were probably making this out to be a…


We need to 1st talk about how much violence is occurring on the floor, whether it be working in a skilled nursing facility, an assisted living facility, or a hospital setting. The American Nurses Association stated in 2018 that out of 14,000 nurses that answered an anonymous surveying system, 62% stated that they were verbally and physically abused. As a backup to this report in 2019 Bolvin, wrote an article with the American Nurses Association revealing one in five nurses have been physically attacked. These were the only statistics that I could find when working on my doctoral project, with…


Violence is a common theme throughout healthcare, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The purpose of this article is to only discuss the system failures, to connect the dots and not penalize institutions but to enlighten and bring positive change. Workplace violence is a combination of several different factors that start with the culture and perception of how the leadership views how the organization should be run with a combination of big business and personal perception of how care should be provided. What does this mean? Those that run the hospital have a great sense of business but the…


The medical-surgical nurse gets the report on a 49 y.o. man, that fell into a thorn-bush and a foreign body is embedded into his arm. Nurse Allen, who is a seasoned nurse has 4 patients and is receiving a report on Mr. Smith. Allen’s current assignment is an ORIF (hip surgery) completed 2 days prior, MI rule-out, a pain management client that has been requesting PRN pain meds on a scheduled basis since last shift, and a patient that was unresponsive under a bridge yesterday that tested positive for opioids, THC, and alcohol, with a BAL 378, that in the…


Nurses & Healthcare Workers are Fed Up with Unsafe Working Conditions

Nurses and healthcare staff feel unsupported and leaving the field altogether due to unsafe work environments and lack of organizational support.

Nurses and all those that help us with our jobs are at risk for our safety, have less than adequate training which should focus on prevention, not solely on the de-escalation of verbally aggressive patients and their families. We are losing nurses and healthcare staff every day and feel as if we do not have a voice, as our employers discourage us to report, make every effort to…


Growing up, I had always wanted to be a nurse. Remembering as far back as a small child, telling my father what I wanted to be when I grew up. This was supposed to be the most carefree time of my life, when the lense that I was looking through was beautiful and bright, with no real care about anything. With my impressionable big flapping child eyes and goofy smile, I walked up to my dad bravely with excitement and joy telling him that I wanted to be a nun. I will never forget the look on his face and…


How much more can nurses take when it comes to mental and physical injuries?

Growing up in the nursing field, starting as a nurse’s aid assistant, I fell in love with taking care of patients. It did not matter their background or why they needed help; I was there to help them to not only feel better but to live as close to normal life as possible. As the years progressed, it was apparent that not only I was getting tired, but so were the nurses around me. Achieving every level in nursing, there has only been a progression of…

Dr. Sandra Risoldi

Founder/CEO ~ Nurses Against Violence Unite, Inc.

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