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Friday, November 24, 2017
HomeHealthViolence Against Nurses: Will New NY Law Make a Difference?

Violence Against Nurses: Will New NY Law Make a Difference?

New York State’s Governor David Paterson signed into law the Violence Against Nurses bill (A.3103-A; S.4018) that would make assaulting a nurse a felony. This was a legislative priority of the New York State Nurses Association.

From New York State Professional Employees Federation and the Massachusetts Nurses Association:

Nurses face violence in the workplace every day, whether from a delirious patient, an angry family members, someone who is irrational from substance abuse, or an abusive physician who throws instruments in the OR. Too often, nurses are expected to put up with this violence and their workplaces rarely follow up with charges against the assaulter.


It will be interesting to follow what changes as a result of this bill. Will hospitals file felony charges against the surgeon? Should an assaultive but delirious (a condition that is now considered a medical emergency) patient be charged with a felony?

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Rudin Professor of Nursing

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<p>Diana is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and founder of HealthCetera. She was previously president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is senior policy professor at George Washington University and the Rudin Professor of Nursing at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She is a health policy expert and leader. Diana tweets @djmasonrn.</p>

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