Nursing & Healthcare News
Nursing Organizations Speak Out on Gun Violence
ANA, AANP, ENA issue statements
After recent mass-casualty shootings in Ohio and Texas, three national nursing organizations have issued public statements calling for policymakers to take stronger action against gun violence.
On August 6, following shootings in Dayton and El Paso that together killed 31 people and wounded more than 50 others, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) President Sophia L. Thomas, APRN, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, publicly called on policymakers to set “politics aside and [focus] on common- sense reforms” to federal gun laws.
The next day, ANA President Ernest J. Grant, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, issued a similar statement. “The American Nurses Association … has for decades called on lawmakers to pass common-sense policies at the state and federal level that will stem gun violence,” Grant said. “It is time to turn our grief into action.”