After reading the May 6 letter, “Gun Safety” (www.Nurse.com/Letter/Gun-Canning), I feel compelled to speak out. The writer stated she is “shocked and dismayed ED nurses are not fighting to get assault weapons banned.” I must have read a different article because the one I read stated: “The Emergency Nurses Association, while not taking a position on the weapons ban, issued a statement supporting the Obama administrations efforts to respond to injuries and deaths related to guns, especially improving access to mental health services.” The association kept its focus on health-related issues versus politics.
As a 35-year veteran of critical care nursing, I find it sad that a fellow nurse should be more concerned with a political viewpoint than the root causes of gun-related violence. Our roles as nurses should be to protect our patients, provide education and resources to help them protect themselves and support them while in our care.
I will continue to do what I do as a nurse every day — educate patients and families on health safety issues of all kinds before sending them off to live their lives.
– Patty Denison, RN, BSN Chino Valley, Ariz.