South Carolina legislators are back in session, and it is time to act!
Nurses, EMS, doctors and numerous other health care providers experience various levels of assaults daily.
This is not OK!
Violence and assault is NOT part of the job!
South Carolina House Bill S319 would increase the offense for a person that unlawfully injures a health care professional including doctors, nurse, EMS, Firefighters, and other allied health care workers, during our duties!
This bill is currently sitting in the House judiciary subcommittee with no movement since last winter. SC- Emergency Nurses Association has joined with the SC College of Emergency Physicians, the SC Hospital Association, the SC Trauma Association, the SC medical association and the EMS Advisory Council to support this bill! We have requested a sub-committee hearing and hope to move this bill forward to a vote.
Let your representatives know you support House Bill S 319!
Click on this link below to find your local representative and their contact information. https://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php
They need to hear your personal stories!
Call them, Email them, face book message them.
Let them hear what you have experienced or witnessed happening to your coworkers.
Have your families and friends do the same.
Below are some facts you can include regarding violence against health care workers.
If you would like more information or you are interested in potentially testifying, contact us at:
Violence against Healthcare workers is a felony in 31 states, but not SC
Over 70% of emergency nurses reported physical or verbal assault by patients or visitors while they were providing patient care in the emergency setting (Wolf, L., Delao, A., Perhats, C., 2014).
OSHA noted that violence in the workplace is 4 times more common for health care workers.
In the hospital setting, 80% of all workplace violence was perpetrated by the patient
12% was perpetrated by family, visitors and others.
13% of days out of work were due to violence against healthcare workers.