Montana’s Campaign To Protect Nurses From Workplace Violence

From Montana Public Radio:

The MNA has kicked off a campaign to make it a felony to assault an on-duty Montana healthcare worker or emergency responder with the intent to do harm.

State legislators defeated a measure last session that would have made this sort of violence a misdemeanor offense.

“‘Oh, it rarely happens in Montana. That probably never happens in Montana.’ We heard that a lot,” Byrd says. “This year, to be more prepared and to educate them we’re gathering health care stories from across the state. We’re putting them on postcards. They’ve already been getting them in the mail.”

Byrd says more than 30 states have legislation addressing assault on health care workers. Most of them categorize it as a felony.

The MNA calls its educational campaign, “Your Nurse Wears Combat Boots.”

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