Workplace violence is a major concern for nurses and other healthcare providers. Statistics from a 2019 nurse survey showed that 1 in 4 nurses experienced some form of assault. Being a nurse of over 35 years, I can recall several times of being hit, bit and kicked by patients throughout my career. At that time, there was no means of support for a nurse for these instances. It was always looked at as just part of the job. Now, our political leaders are listening to our concerns.
On April 13, 2021 the Executive office of the President issued a Statement of Administration Policy supporting the passage of H.R. 1195, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act.
This legislation will help develop Federal standards that will guarantee healthcare and social service employers create and implement plans to protect, prevent and improve responses to workplace violence. This is a step in the right direction to ensure healthcare workers are protected while they are providing the necessary care to others.
On April 19, 2021 the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1195. At the date of this publication, it has been received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. You can track the progress of this important legislation here.
This current bill status at the date of publication: Passed House
The steps for Status of Legislation for the bill to be enacted into law include: