Nurse Lives Matter Petition

Nurses throughout the District of Columbia are attacked daily by patients in the hospitals, schools and many health care facilities. Nurses are consistently assaulted, beaten, choked, sexually assaulted, bitten, verbally dehumanized and face many other life-threatening situations with no protection.

Nurses should not have to go to work every day fearing that they might be injured.

Nurses are the first line of care for patients. Nurses have more access to the patients than any other healthcare workers and often are the first to be attacked by a violent patient. Violence claims a significant toll on the Nurses. In addition to the physical, emotional and mental effects on the victim, other negative effects include: financial loss resulting from insurance claims, lost productivity, legal expenses, property damage and possible staff replacement costs. Many nurses are leaving the profession to avoid the abuse.

Please Sign this petition to the DC Council to demand that they enact laws that will protect nurses from violence while saving lives.

To print the Nurse Lives Matter Petition, click here.  Printed copies of the Petition should be sent to Wala Blegay via email at or via fax at 202-362-8285.


The District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) is the professional organization for registered nurses who live and/or work in the District. DCNA is affiliated with National Nurses United, American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Washington Metropolitan Council.

DCNA negotiates contracts that make sure nurses’ pay is competitive and commensurate with experience, years of service, responsibility, autonomy, and education. DCNA contracts provide guaranteed benefits, equitable policies, fair representation, job security, and practical solutions to everyday workplace problems affecting the professional lives of nurses.

DCNA encourages its members to get involved in leadership roles at the local and national level. Within the DCNA framework, nurses gain experience as volunteer lobbyists, media spokespersons, union advocates, and community activists.

Click here to view the August 2016 DCNA Newsletter.  For previous editions of the Newsletter, click here.

DCNA is located at:
5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 306
Washington DC 20016
Telephone: 202.244.2705
Fax: 202.362.8285

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