Enough is Enough

The rate of reported patient attacks against nurses in the US has increased 110% in a decade, prompting the Department of Labor to consider setting nationwide hospital safety standards. Currently, no such blanket regulation exists, though some states, like California, have passed their own protective legislation.
 
The spike in violence may have its origins in the Great Recession, which saw staffing cutbacks at hospitals even as more dangerous patients were funneled to emergency rooms. One recent study of 700 RNs in Virginia revealed 76% had experienced abuse in the previous year.
 
Also troubling: Some nurses reporting violence say supervisors brush it off as part of the job.
Source: The Atlantic

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