As nurse leaders who are dedicated to advancing the health of people, we commit to the elimination of both racism and violence involving firearms. We urge other citizens, health providers, and policymakers to speak out with us to stop racism; stop tolerance of racist dialogue; and stop the unrestrained use of firearms.

The Academy condemned the abhorrent racially-motivated shooting deaths of nine people in 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. The Academy is outraged that racism in our country continues among us. The Academy equally condemns the failure to implement policies for the control of firearms. Racism and lack of firearm control are tightly linked, and are greatly harmful to the health and well-being of communities. 

The Academy supported the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act introduced in 2014 by Sen. Amy Klobuchar noting the legislation would close loopholes that allow abusers and stalkers to possess and purchase firearms and address intimate partner murder. Earlier in 2014, the Academy applauded the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law including language that requires more nurses to be trained to treat victims of sexual assault in the military.

Screening and counseling for violence against women in primary care settings was published in the May 2013 issue of Nursing Outlook urging health care providers to screen and counsel all women for interpersonal violence and domestic violence. Earlier, the Academy endorsed the recommendation of the 2011 IOM report calling for health care providers to screen and counsel all women for interpersonal violence. 

Following the Academy's February 2013 communication to Senator Feinstein on the eight steps to reduce gun violence, the Violence Expert Panel published in Nursing Outlook, Reducing firearm violence in May 2013.

The Academy recognizes the role nurses play in the prevention and response to elder mistreatment. In September 2015, the policy brief Elder Justice: Preventing and intervening in elder mistreatment was published in Nursing Outlook. 

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