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#EndNurseAbuse Panel


The American Nurses Association (ANA) has convened a Professional Issues Panel dedicated to addressing barriers to reporting violence and abuse in healthcare settings and began work in May 2018. The panel will convene for approximately 4-6 months and focus on:

  1. Developing policy to address barriers to nurses and other healthcare workers reporting violence and abuse, and
  2. Strategies to strengthen "zero tolerance" policies.

The goal of the #EndNurseAbuse Panel is to:

  • Identify the barriers to effective reporting of violent and abusive incidents.
  • Investigate workplace "zero tolerance" policies for strengths and weaknesses and seek to understand the effectiveness of such policies.
  • Develop policy recommendations to address barriers to reporting.
  • Identify strategies to strengthen "zero tolerance" policies.

The #EndNurseAbuse Panel consists of a Steering Committee of approximately 15 members that will guide the development of resources and policy via virtual meetings.

All applicants that were not selected for the Steering Committee will have the opportunity to participate in the associated Advisory Committee. The time commitment for the Advisory committee is less frequent and will consist of virtual dialogue through an online platform. The Advisory Committee requires approximately one hour per month of online dialogue for the duration of the panel. Advisory Committee members will provide feedback, additional information and advice to ANA and the Steering Committee regarding the direction of the policy development.

Panel Member Type

ANA Membership Required

Hours Required per Month

Communication Type

Number of Members

Advisory Committee


1 hour



Steering Committee


2 hours conference call; additional 10 hours for individual policy development

Conference call; email

15 members



2 hours conference call; additional 10 hours for individual policy development; additional 2-4 hours for leadership

Conference call; email

1-2 members

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