Mass. nurses push for work­place vi­o­lence bill

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

The Mas­sachusetts Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion is push­ing a state bill that would re­quire healthcare em­ploy­ers to im­ple­ment plans to pro­tect em­ploy­ees from work­place vi­o­lence.

The union is call­ing for fa­cil­i­ties to per­form a risk as­sess­ment of cur­rent con­di­tions and safe­guards, come up with a plan to train em­ploy­ees and pre­vent es­ca­la­tions, and as­sign a se­nior man­ager and an in-house cri­sis re­sponse team to in­ter­vene in vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tions and pro­vide sup­port to em­ployee-vic­tims.

The bill fol­lows the Jan­uary shoot­ing of Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal sur­geon Dr. Michael David­son, who was killed by a man up­set about David­son’s treat­ment of his mother.

Mas­sachusetts al­ready has an in­creased fine for as­sault­ing nurses and other healthcare work­ers.

The Mas­sachusetts Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion says its hos­pi­tals are se­ri­ous about curb­ing work­place vi­o­lence, but ar­gues that the union-backed bill of­fers the same pro­tec­tions as a rule al­ready put in place this year by the Mas­sachusetts Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices. The MHA said the bill could “lead to con­fu­sion, not clar­ity.”

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