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NY moves to protect nurses from workplace violence

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 29, 2008

A bill recently passed by the New York Senate makes it a Class C felony to assault or cause physical injury to an on-duty RN, reports the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin. The bill, which was supported by the New York State Nurses Association, awaits approval from the State Assembly. Similar laws have been enacted in Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, and New Mexico and have been introduced in several other states, the newspaper said.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 430,000 nurses become victims of violent crime every year while on the job. This projection is considered low, as many incidents are thought to go unreported.

A survey by the American Nurses Association found that nurses are 10 times more likely than the average worker and twice as likely as other medical workers to be assaulted on the job.

 

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