Top Issues for Staff Nurses

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Safe Staffing Levels
For the practicing RN, staffing is an issue of both professional and personal concern. Inappropriate staffing levels can not only threaten patient health and safety, and lead to greater complexity of care, but also impact on RNs' health and safety by increasing nurse pressure, fatigue, injury rate, and ability to provide safe care.

ANA has worked continuously to ensure that safe staffing levels are recognized and implemented through surveys, research, data collection, and legislative means, and other activities. For more information, click on the Safe Staffing Saves Lives graphic in the column to the right, to visit the ANA Safe Staffing Website.

Mandatory Overtime
Staff nurses across the nation are reporting a dramatic increase in the use of mandatory overtime as a staffing tool. This dangerous staffing practice, in part due to a nursing shortage, is having a negative impact on patient care, fostering medical errors, and driving nurses away from the bedside.

Is this happening at your workplace? Read what ANA is doing to prevent this dangerous policy, and what other issues our legislative activists are working on for you.

Safety on the Job
Staff nurses work hard on the job, but they shouldn't have to risk their health to do so. ANA is always working on ways to keep you and your workplace safe.

  • Safe Patient Handling - Back injuries are always a danger, so ANA mounted a profession-wide effort to reduce them. This campaign includes greater education and training, workplace information on increased use of assistive equipment, and efforts to reshape government ergonomics policies to protect nurses.
  • Safe Needles - Safer needle devices and procedures will keep you safer, and ANA has information on this important program through our Safe Needles Save Lives campaign.
  • Preventing Workplace Violence - No staff nurse should have to deal with violence in the workplace, whether from staff, patients or visitors. See our information on ways to help your employer prevent this. Replacing Hazardous Products - Hazardous chemicals, toxins, and dangerous waste products may be a part of the workplace, but there are ways to reduce and replace them. ANA's environmental health campaign has collected information and procedures to protect your environment.
  • Preventing Influenza - Influenza no doubt impacts your workplace, but there are ways to learn about it and prevent it. ANA's Influenza Initiative gives you the information you and your patients need.
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