Stop Workplace Violence
Over the last several years, violence toward health care professionals has been on the rise. While the exact cause of this is hard to determine, the number of incidents continues to rise. Legislation is needed to address the need for harsher punishments to be in place for those who assault or batter a health care professional when they are performing their duties for the benefit of a patient.
SB 250 and SB 360, the Workplace Violence bill, have been introduced by State Senator Goeff Hansen (R-34, Hart). SB 250 has been referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee, and SB 360 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Click here to read the fact sheet on SB 250 and SB 360.
Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on SB 250 by Ken Fletcher, Associate Executive Director, MNA, March 2013
Testimony provided by Terri Thuss, RN in 2011 to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Comments on Violence in the Workplace provided by Chris Genei, RN, BSN, OCN, nursing faculty member at Oakland Community College.
OSHA issues compliance directive to address workplace violence - press release
OSHA's website on Workplace Violence
Emergency Nurses Association's Workplace Violence Toolkit