EDITOR’S NOTE:  Hospitals and healthcare facilities are more susceptible to workplace violence than any other industry.  In response to this growing epidemic, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is speaking out against the increasing workplace violence they face on a daily basis, by pushing for a state bill targeted at reducing workplace violence.  A couple of states have either passed, or have similar bills in process, in hopes that other states will follow suite.

Article originally featured in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare Magazine, published April 12, 2017

Workplace violence continues to be an issue in hospitals across the country; the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) recently found that 86% of Massachusetts nurses have experienced some form of violence while at work, in the last two years.  Because of this, the MNDA is supporting a state bill aimed at reducing workplace violence.  H.1007, the Workplace Violence Prevention Bill, would require that healthcare employers perform annual safety risk assessment and develop programs to minimize the danger of workplace violence.  It would also allow employees assaulted on the job to take seven paid days off per years to address legal issues.

The representative filing the bill is Denise Garlick, a former nurse that was attacked by a patient in the 1980s.  She led a contingent of lawmakers who testified in support of the bill last week.  “We want to say that violence is not acceptable in any workplace, but the truth is it’s prevalent in the healthcare environment for a variety of reasons.  The healthcare environment is so complicated now,” Garlick said.  “There are thousands and thousands of healthcare workers in the commonwealth of Massachusetts who enter workplaces where they are not safe.”

Massachusetts isn’t the only state considering such a bill: California has a similar bill in the pipeline, and Delaware passed a bill last summer that made assaulting a nurse a Class D felony.

Hearings started last week, we will keep you up to date as the process unfolds.

 

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Hospitals and healthcare facilities are more susceptible to workplace violence than any other industry.  In response to this growing epidemic, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is speaking out against the increasing workplace violence they face on a daily basis, by pushing for a state bill targeted at reducing workplace violence.
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Heather Hudson is a Marketing Manager at PDC where she works with hospital clients, helping them improve patient safety and productivity by developing solutions that meet their most critical needs. She never would have imagined she would be an expert in identification solutions, materials, and adhesives! Prior to joining PDC in 2009, she managed marketing for an acclaimed gourmet bakery and ate a LOT of cookies. Heather graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Northridge with a degree in Marketing. She holds a patent for a pharmacy prescription privacy label that protects sensitive patient data for HIPAA compliance and has multiple identification patents pending. Heather is a new mom to a beautiful baby boy named Jack who keeps her busy when she’s not at work. One of Heather’s claims to fame at work is that she always wears the most creative costumes at Halloween; some of her past homemade costumes have included Captain Crunch, Hurricane El Nino, and Flo the Progressive Insurance lady. She still eats a LOT of cookies.

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