Nurses at the Capitol

House Committee Votes to Advance Bill to Protect Health Care, Social Service Workers from Epidemic of Workplace Violence

A federal bill to protect health care and social service workers from extremely high rates of workplace violence—HR 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act

National Nurses United
June 11, 2019
federal workplace violence prevention bill

Bill to Protect Health Care, Social Service Workers from Epidemic of Workplace Violence Poised For Historic House Committee Vote

Washington, D.C.—On Tuesday, June 11, the House Committee on Education and Labor will be marking up and voting on HR 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, by Rep. Joe Courtney—a historic first for this legislation.

National Nurses United
June 7, 2019
Nurses outside Nevada legislature

First Senate Hearing on Nevada Workplace Violence Prevention Bill

Health care workers with National Nurses Organizing Committee-Nevada/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1107 will appear before Nevada senators on Friday, May 3, 2019 to call for the passage of the state’s first workplace violence prevention bill, A.B. 348.

National Nurses Organizing Committee
May 2, 2019
Nurse on the job injury

Violence against nurses in hospitals not routinely tracked, reported

Violence against nurses in hospitals has become an epidemic. A federal report found 21 percent of nurses report verbal abuse, physical assault, and even rape.

Meghan Dwyer, WGN
November 17, 2017

Nurses Face More Violence From Hospital Patients

Nurses and other health care workers increasingly face verbal abuse, physical assaults and injuries, often from the patients they're trying to help, according to testimony at a Jan. 10 meeting held by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Capitol Hill.

Lisa Esposito, US News And World Report
January 18, 2017

Why Violence Against Nurses Has Spiked in the Last Decade

Here’s an alarming statistic: Around one in four nurses has been physically attacked at work in the last year. Patients often kick, scratch, and grab them; in rare cases even kill them. In fact, there are nearly as many violent injuries in the healthcare industry as there are in all other industries combined.

Alexia Fernández Campbell writing for The Atlantic
What Nurses Really Wants

This Nurses Week, all the pizza in the world won’t make up for our employers’ lack of respect

Each year, there’s a special week to honor America’s most trusted profession: nurses! We become nurses because it’s our calling, and we do it for our patients, not for accolades. But we also know that the oath we take to help and heal all people — is constantly hindered by employers who cut corners to boost profits. And that makes management’s “We appreciate you!” box of Krispy Kremes during Nurses Week fall a bit flat.

Bonnie Castillo , Executive Director of National Nurses United
Workplace Violence - Not Just Part of the Job

With Workers Memorial Day On Horizon, Nurses Vow to Keep Fighting for Highest Level of Protections

NNU has fought — and continues to lead the fight — for nurses’ health and safety. As of April 1, California healthcare employers are legally required to have a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan in place, thanks to nation-leading workplace violence legislation and regulations nurses fought for and won in California.

National Nurses United
April 26, 2018
Patient Safety Comes From Union Strength

RN Jane Sandoval Talks About Recently Enacted Workplace Protection Rules

California healthcare employers are required by law to have comprehensive, unit-specific workplace violence prevention plans in place by April 1, 2018. National Nurses United and California Nurses Association fought long and hard for these protections.

Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio
April 24, 2018
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