Workplace Violence Against Hospital Staff Discussed

Just got back from a regional meeting of hospital security officers in Myrtle Beach. Aside from the T’storms every night – and the college kids shooting off bottle rockets, it was a great conference.

It reinforced my feeling that violence against hospital staff is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare professionals. Vermont passed a law this week making violence against a healthcare worker a FELONY instead of just a misdemeanor. That’s progress, similar laws are being passed in other states, too. The governor of Vermont signed the bill on May 12, 2011. Congratulations to Vermont — they were first on this important issue.

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