Nursing Notes

February 18, 2010

Ohio Nurses Association Supports Bill to Prevent Violence Against Nurses

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After yesterday’s article, I couldn’t help myself.  I just had to post this article.  Here is a bill that I can see a real need for.  Violence in any guise should not be allowed to occur against nurses and other health care personnel.

I have reviewed several articles in the past that describe violence in the workplace from nursing perspective.  It is a fact that nurses see more violence than other professions; nurses usually see people who are not at their best.  The problem is that somehow, we nurses have become convinced that violence is a part of the job and we just put up with it.  Studies have shown that nurses as a group under-report the incidents of violence and aggression against them.

So, let’s look into passing more of these bills…one in each state legislature would be nice.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb 16, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —- The Ohio Nurses Association applauds the introduction of House Bill 450 (HB 450) on February 11, 2010, sponsored by State Representatives Denise Driehaus (D-Columbus) and Linda S. Bolon (D-Columbiana). The bill will increase the penalty for assault when the victim is a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse engaged in the performance of official duties whom the offender knows or has reasonable cause to believe is a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse.

HB 450 recognizes that violent acts against nurses in the workplace occur more frequently than in any other profession. ONA is pleased that Reps. Driehaus and Bolon recognize that an assault on a nurse should be treated the same as an assault on school employees, police, fire and EMS workers, which under Ohio Revised Code 2903.13 is a fourth degree felony with a mandatory twelve-month prison sentence.

“I recognize and appreciate the integral role nurses fill in our health care system,” said Rep. Driehaus. “I want to do everything in my power to not only protect these hard-working men and women as they do their jobs but also to aid this vital profession in its efforts to recruit the next generation of nurses.”

“ONA has long advocated for legislation to protect nurses from violence in the workplace, and we are proud to support House Bill 450 as a key part of ONA’s overall workplace violence prevention initiative,” said Elise Geig, ONA Director of Health Policy.

The bill has received bipartisan support from across the state, including the following legislators:

   
   
   Democrats
   John Domenick, District 95, Smithfield
   Kenny Yuko, District 7, Richmond Heights
   Nancy Garland, District 20, Gahanna
   Matt Patten, District 18, Strongsville
   Kathleen Chandler, District 68, Kent
   Roland Winburn, District 40, Dayton
   Tom Letson, District 64, Warren
   
   Republicans
   Scott Oelslager, District 51, North Canton
   Randy Gardner, District 6, Bowling Green
   
   

About the Ohio Nurses Association

The Ohio Nurses Association is a member-driven, full-service professional association and is the premier professional organization for Ohio’s registered nurses. Organized in 1904 to secure a Nurse Practice Act to protect the citizens of Ohio, it has been promoting and protecting nurses, the nursing profession and those who receive nursing care for over one hundred years.

SOURCE Ohio Nurses Association

Here’s the link to the original article

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