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Nurse Practitioners Stand With Health Care Community, Urge Comprehensive Measures to Ensure Workplace Safety

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is deeply concerned about workplace violence and extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of health care workers who have been recently killed in such instances. From 2016-2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there were 207 deaths due to workplace violence in the private health care and social assistance industries alone, and 1 in 5 nurses report experiencing physical violence during the pandemic.

AANP calls on all health care facilities to immediately implement comprehensive violence prevention programs and review security protocols in close coordination with health care professionals to ensure their workplaces are safe places to provide high-quality care to patients.

Read AANP’s Position Statement on Workplace Violence.


The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 355,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NPs' patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care. To locate an NP in your community, visit For more information about NPs, visit For COVID-19 information from AANP, visit

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