For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Webber, 518.782.9400, Ext. 223
Albany, NY, April 17, 2007 –More than 1,400 registered nurses and nursing students attended the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) annual Lobby Day on April 17 at the New York State Capitol. They learned about legislation that affects nurses and attended face-to-face meetings with lawmakers to discuss these issues.
Nursing is a surprisingly dangerous profession. Each year nearly 500,000 nurses become victims of violent crimes in their workplaces, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. A new bill promoted by NYSNA (A6186/S3441) would make it a Class C felony to assault and cause physical injury to a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
This provision already exists for assaults on police officers, peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Raising the penalty for attacking a nurse will serve as a deterrent to such crimes, according to the one of the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) “We have tried to protect other professionals who serve the public. We should do the same for nurses, who play such an important role in protecting the public’s health.”
NYSNA’s other legislative priorities this year include safe nurse staffing ratios (A6119/S1551), prohibiting mandatory overtime (A1898/S125), and promoting advanced education for RNs (A2480/S294).
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