It's about time!
- 21This effects more than just ED nurses hopefully other states will followNew Law Defends Emergency Room Nurses 9/13/13
Sep 15, 2013 11:18 p.m.
CBS 7 News
September 13, 2013
ODESSA-Assaults on Emergency Room nurses have been a growing issue in the state of Texas that a law has been made to prevent it.
The new law took effect on September 1, 2013, and it states that an assault on a nurse will now be charged as a "Class-3 Felony," making it the same as assaulting a police officer.
Many nurses whom I spoke with today, say the new law makes them feel more secure.
Emergency room nurses not only deal with sick patients, but also violent ones.
- 8So many hospital are afraid it would be "bad for business" and sweep these attacks under the rug and punish the nurse if they step out of line.....other states have followed suit....like New York... but they have to be enforced..like when Kennedy attacked those nurses......Nurses in Kennedy hospital scuffle: He ‘assaulted’ us - today > news - TODAY.com
- 10Sep 23, '13 by sapphire18 GuideIt IS for any on-duty nurse They just use ED nurses as an example since they have a high rate of assaults on them, and it is easier to explain to the public than what goes on in a unit or floor that could precipitate an assault.
- 1Quote from meanmaryjeanThe law,and the article, states all nurses...however there is a higher incidence of violence in the EDHow about instead of ED nurses it is extended to ALL nurses on duty. In no other part of the work world is assault against employees tolerated as it is against healthcare providers.
- 2Quote from sapphire18The most recent I can find is 2009.....it's old and not entirely accurate for current laws.Does anyone know how to find a list of states with this law? I have no idea if it is even in my state.
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