Unsafe Assignments We have an obligation to carry out the assignments we are given. But as patient advocates, we also have an obligation to report and try to correct unsafe assignments. If Management Calls You into the Office Here are some tips to keep your cool and protect your rights if you get called into the office for discipline or an investigation. 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. Harassment The union gives you a voice at work, but some managers don’t want to hear that voice — and they use harassment to try to silence you. The only sure solution is in our unity. Mandatory Overtime Before July 1, 2009, employers could and did force RNs to work excessive hours, which led to less safe conditions for delivering patient care. NYSNA fought for and won a law to ban mandatory overtime for many nurses.