Nursing Associations Condemn Violence in DC Capitol
The American Nurses Association (ANA) and National Nurses United (NNU) release statements condemning the violence at the US Capitol that took place during the ratification of the 2020 Presidential election.
As advocacy associations and leaders of the nursing profession, both the ANA and NNU’s statements strongly condemn the violence and call for the protection of our democracy.
American Nurses Association Condemns Violence
The American Nurses Association is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4.2 million registered nurses.
The American Nurses Association’s President, Ernest J. Grant, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, “calls on our nation's leaders to take a strong stand against these acts of insurrection and denounce the dangerous rhetoric that incites such violence.”
Grant continued by directly addressing the impact on the COVID pandemic, “we must come together to tackle these challenges and more forcibly address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty and strain on our communities, nurses and other essential workers on the frontlines.”
"The American Nurses Association (ANA) vehemently condemns the violent actions of the mob who stormed our nation’s Capitol yesterday. Nurses, who are members of Congress, as well as other elected officials and staff were put in harm’s way. It is disturbing that rioters appear to have easily overtaken the building, in glaring contrast to responses to protests and demonstrations for racial justice.
The activities that occurred have no place in our democracy and do not align with the peaceful transfer of power that is the hallmark of America recognized throughout the world. ANA calls on our nation's leaders to take a strong stand against these acts of insurrection and denounce the dangerous rhetoric that incites such violence.
We must come together to tackle these challenges and more forcibly address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, and strain on our communities, nurses, and other essential workers on the frontlines.”
National Nurses United Denounces the Insurrection
NNU is the largest national union of nurses in the U.S. and is calling on those who are responsible for the attacks to be held accountable.
Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN, stated, “As nurses, we are deeply disturbed by the scenes of violence and threats to our elected leaders, the dedicated people who work in the Capitol, and anyone else subjected to this unconscionable attack on our most fundamental symbols of democracy."
As nurses continue to tirelessly in fighting the ongoing pandemic, the NNU echoed President-elect Joe Biden’s statement, “We as a nation must come together to begin to heal, to refocus first and foremost on containing this terrible pandemic, and on being able to respect political differences and rebuild a democracy that has been so endangered.”