Violence Against Nurses Law Takes Effect Nov. 1 in New York


The Violence Against Nurses law takes effect Nov. 1, making it a felony to assault a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) while on duty.

The law, which was signed on Aug. 14, was a top priority for the New York State Nurses Association, which represents more than 37,000 registered nurses statewide.

“Providing for a felony charge against those who assault an RN or LPN at work will encourage employers to take action to address violence that occurs in the workplace and signals to nurses that it’s time to speak up about the violence they experience on the job,” said Tina Gerardi, MS, RN, CAE, Nurses Association CEO. “Any deterrent that encourages a potential attacker to think before they assault a nurse on duty is a positive step towards increased safety for everyone.”


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