Workplace Violence

ICN Statement:

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is extremely concerned by the incident that occurred at a hospital in Utah in which a nurse was arrested for correctly and lawfully carrying out her duty.  ICN strongly condemns all forms of abuse and violence against nursing personnel and defends the responsibilities that nurses have under their professional code of ethics, the policies and procedures of their workplace and in accordance with the law.  We place great importance on ethical, patient-centred practice and support Nurse Wubbels actions, which were professionally, ethically and lawfully right.  According to the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses, "The nurse’s primary professional responsibility is to people requiring nursing care."  This care is "...unrestricted by considerations of age, colour, creed, culture, disability or illness, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, politics, race or social status."  ICN advocates for the right of nurses to work in a safe environment, free from violence.  We are in close contact with the American Nurses Association and will continue to monitor the situation and lend our support.