Workplace violence is a serious occupational risk for the emergency nursing workforce and has been recognized as a crime that requires targeted responses from employers, law enforcement, and the community. ENA is combating violence in the emergency department by working hard to make it a felony in every state to commit assault and/or battery on an emergency nurse.
However, while making this crime a felony will help the current situation, other measures must be taken. Legislation that mandates and regulates safety standards and controls for workplace violence prevention also must be implemented or strengthened where necessary.
Strong legislation to protect emergency nurses helps to reinforce the standard that violence is not part of the job.