Nurses applaud plan to reduce violence against health care workers

The Michigan Nurses Association today applauded the introduction of a bipartisan legislative plan to address the epidemic of workplace violence against nurses and other healthcare workers. The plan takes a proactive approach, focusing on prevention.

Violence against nurses and other health care workers occurs in all settings. Health care and social service workers suffered 69 percent of all workplace violence injuries in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; they were nearly five times more likely to experience workplace violence than the average US worker. Most violent incidents are committed by patients.

“No health care worker should have to put up with being hit, kicked, bitten or otherwise attacked,” said state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), sponsor of the legislation. “It just makes sense to require employers to provide plans and training to deal with the serious and widespread problem of violence against healthcare workers. This bipartisan plan puts the focus where it belongs: on stopping violence before it happens.”

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