Addressing Workplace Violence

Workplace violence (WPV) has increased in recent years, culminating in the horrifying murder of NCNA member June Onkundi by one of her patients. 

This page is designed to be a brief list of resources for nurses and other healthcare workers who are struggling with the stress of WPV or grieving the loss of a colleague.



ANA Webinar - Workplace Violence against Nurses: What You Can Do. A breathtaking statistic that cannot be ignored: 1 in 4 nurses are assaulted in the workplace. This on-demand webinar addresses what every nurse needs to know about the challenge of workplace violence against nurses.

ANA’s #EndNurseAbuse campaign is designed to identify strategies to address barriers to nurses and other health care workers reporting violence and abuse, and to strengthen 'zero-tolerance' policies.

Hope4NC is a free and confidential emotional support program through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

  • The Hope4Healers Helpline is a spinoff of the Hope4NC program specifically catered towards healthcare workers.

The Well-Being Initiative is a joint effort between several national nurses organizations, including the American Nurses Association, that serves as nurses’ guide to mental health support services.



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If you are in crisis, there are resources you can turn to.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7/365 — and you don’t have to be in crisis to call or text.

The Crisis Text Line also offers free 24/7 mental health support. Text “SCRUBS” to 741741 for help.