In Minnesota physical abuse or assault is a felony, to health care workers. I unfortunately know that. I was assaulted, and received a broken thumb on my dominant hand. I missed 2 months of work. I had nothing but problems with Employee Health, the stupid police, and my HMO. I am still waiting for a court date, 3 months later. Even my fellow colleagues have NOT been supportive. Nothing has changed, and I expect little. I was violated, injured though NO fault of my own. What can repay or compensate me for the bother, pain, and inconvenience. I am NOT satisfied with the judicial, legislative or enforce ment of the stupid laws. The best thing I did, I was told, was notifying the police and pressing charges. The company I work for, writes about respect and safety in the workplace. What a joke! Even regular verbal abuse is ignored from the MDs. Nurses are very low on the food chain in Allina Health Systems. Keep me in the dark, and continue to feed me the BS. Underpay me, give me terrible pension benefits, and the crummy schedules. It is hard to come to work, and hear from the patients, get me something to eat, how much longer must we wait, etc, etc. The work environment is very unhealthy. But what are the alternatives, in hospital nursing? Different departments are not good options, either. Beat me, verbally abuse me, and forget stated values. Allina Health System's Mission: Provide an excellent health care experience for our customers. Forget the employees, but provide something else, for "our customers".