The largest nurses union in the U.S. called for more robust federal workplace safety rules this week as one of the strongest workplace violence prevention rules in the nation went into effect in California.
National Nurses United joined the California Nurses Association to call for the law to be used as a model for federal efforts aimed at preventing violence against health workers. The new California law requires healthcare employers to have workforce protection plans in place, including violence prevention training for all employees.
“In my years in the hospital, I shared the experience that too many nurses have been encouraged to see as just ‘part of the job’ of being kicked, hit, spat at and threatened,” said Bonnie Castillo, executive director of National Nurses United. “These experiences are terrifying but they are not uncommon.”
Castillo said the group is urging nurses to hold all California “healthcare employers accountable for following the law.” Workplace violence in healthcare is a pervasive problem. As FierceHealthcare has reported, 75% of workplace assaults between 2011 and 2013 occurred in healthcare settings and 80% of emergency medical workers will experience physical violence at some point in their careers… continue reading