Original ArticlesA Critical Analysis of the American Nurses Association Position Statement on Workplace Violence Ethical ImplicationsCopeland, Darcy PhD, RN Author Information University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and St Anthony Hospital, Centura Health, Lakewood, Colorado. Correspondence: Darcy Copeland, PhD, RN, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 125, Gunter Hall, Greeley, CO 80639 ([email protected]). The author would like to thank Dr Lorna Hutchison for reviewing this article. The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: April/June 2021 - Volume 44 - Issue 2 - p E49-E64 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000345 Buy Metrics Abstract In 2015, the American Nurses Association issued a position statement on workplace violence. An authoritative, disciplinary position is critically important to inform policies and recommendations addressing this significant issue in nursing. Position statements and policies should reflect disciplinary values. A discourse analysis of this position statement was performed through the lens of nursing ethics. The position statement endorses a zero-tolerance response, which is moralist, punitive, and questionably effective. It problematically presents patient and coworker violence as equivalent. Promotion of this position has the potential to erode public trust and lead us down a path of criminalizing illness behaviors. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.