Gun violence: A nursing concern?

It stands to reason that if suicide contagion exists, i.e. the possibility for violence against self to spread similarly to infection, then obviously the possibility of violence contagion in general exists. There was actually a good article in the Washington Post about this today from an epidemiologist’s perspective. This blog post has more to say about how nurses can help to get lawmakers over the idea that we should not study and handle violence like any other health problem.

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Once again we find ourselves reeling from a mass shooting, this time in a small community college in Oregon. One of the most disturbing reports of the Umpqua Community College incident was that the dead victims’ cell phones were ringing when police and rescue workers arrived on the scene, as their families and friends tried to make contact with them. The heartbreak for this community is palpable; for nursing educators, the concern of wondering if this could happen in our classrooms, in our schools, is unsettling. Some of us might recall the 2002 Arizona nursing faculty mass shooting, where 3 nursing professors were gunned down and killed by a student who had failed a pediatric class.

What has changed since those 2002 shootings? If you scroll through your facebook feed today, it is likely you will find many postings about the statistics of mass shootings, thoughts about how nothing has…

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