Work Place Violence- Violence Against Nurses

NYS Department of Labor Workplace Violence Prevention for NY State Public Employers

The NYS Department of Labor Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau (PESH) requires public sector employers in New York State to institute workplace violence prevention programs. These programs must include Employer/employee collaboration, Risk hazard assessment, Implementation of controls, Records review, walk around, Written policy statement, Written program, Training, Recordkeeping and reporting, Periodic review (at least annually). Includes link to laws against violence in the workplace.

Nurse Specific Resources on Workplace Violence

Violence Against Nurses Law Penal Law Part 3 Title H Section 120.05 Assault in the Second Degree. Enacted on November 2, 2010,  The Violence Against Nurses law offers nurses the same protection as police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. Patients who physically attack nurses could serve seven years in prison. Note: To view click on Laws>Laws of NY>PEN> Scroll down to Part 3 Title H, section 120> Click on 120.05

Zero Tolerance Brochure -Information from the  NYS Emergency Nurse Association on assault of a nurse on duty. It provides an overview of the law and the addition of § 120.05 Assault in the second degree which includes  RN’s and LPN’s in the listed occupations, The law now states: in part: “With intent to cause physical injury to a . . . registered nurse or licensed practical nurse he or she causes physical injury to such. . . registered nurse or licensed practical nurse . . . while such employee is performing an assigned duty.” 

Page updated 4/26/18