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It's about time!

  1. 21 This effects more than just ED nurses hopefully other states will follow
    New Law Defends Emergency Room Nurses 9/13/13

    Sep 15, 2013 11:18 p.m.

    DeAnn Lopez
    CBS 7 News
    dlopez@cbs7.com
    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.
    http://kosa.m0bl.net/w/main/story/99708046/
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  3. Visit  kismetRN profile page
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    finally, a good news! I hope this will be adapted here too.. even better if across the world..
    nurseak0, Esme12, SoldierNurse22, and 3 others like this.
  4. Visit  prnqday profile page
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    Hope this law comes to maryland!
    SoldierNurse22, imintrouble, Lev <3, and 2 others like this.
  5. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    So 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
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  6. Visit  meanmaryjean profile page
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    How 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.
    Lennonninja, Esme12, SoldierNurse22, and 6 others like this.
  7. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
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    It 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.
  8. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
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    Does anyone know how to find a list of states with this law? I have no idea if it is even in my state.
  9. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from meanmaryjean
    How 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.
    The law,and the article, states all nurses...however there is a higher incidence of violence in the ED
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.
  10. Visit  xoemmylouox profile page
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    About time!
    Lev <3 likes this.
  11. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from sapphire18
    Does anyone know how to find a list of states with this law? I have no idea if it is even in my state.
    The most recent I can find is 2009.....it's old and not entirely accurate for current laws.
    50 State Survey Criminal Laws Protecting Health Professionals
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  12. Visit  NurseOnAMotorcycle profile page
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    NY went active with this about 2 years ago (11/22/2010)... So far I know about one of our nurses actively prosecuting under this law.

    When it first came out we all felt so much better and safer, but it's not a complete safety measure as lots of people don't know/don't care about this law, so still... be careful out there!
    Esme12 and Old Soul like this.
  13. Visit  elprup profile page
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    When we all stand together we will see great changes.
  14. Visit  bmendi profile page
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    Verbiage taken directly from TX HB705:

    (1) "Emergency room personnel" means a person in a hospital emergency department who, in the course and scope of employment or as a volunteer, provides services for the benefit of the general public during emergency situations.
    (2) "Emergency services personnel" includes fire fighters, emergency medical services personnel as defined by Section 773.003, Health and Safety Code, and other individuals who, in the course and scope of employment or as a volunteer, provide services for the benefit of the general public during emergency situations.

    Bill Text: TX HB705 | 2013-2014 | 83rd Legislature | Introduced | LegiScan

    They way the bill is written does seem to inlcude only the ED-- interesting.
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