Workplace Violence

New York law makes it a felony to assault a nurse. But still too many administrators and law enforcement officials don’t take adequate action when a nurse is assaulted.

Read NYSNA's position statements on this important issue.

Take these steps if you or a co-worker is assaulted:

  1. Report the assault to your supervisor right away. Make sure they fill out a report.
  2. Talk to your NYSNA rep and make sure that management and hospital security and make your game plan.
  3. Ask another nurse to help you out. In a difficult time, everyone needs an advocate.
  4. Schedule a visit with your own private physician.
  5. Don’t wait to press charges. You have the right to press charges later, but the longer you wait, the less likely law enforcement will take action.
  6. File a workers’ comp claim.

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