By Doug Cunningham
National Nurses United (NNU) wants OSHA to promptly pass regulations to prevent violence in the delivery of healthcare.
The union RN's testified at Occupational Safety and Health Administration hearings on a national standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings Tuesday in Washington D.C.
NNU Co-President Jean Ross says violence has been a problem for far too long in various healthcare settings and a national standard is needed to help prevent it.
[Jean Ross]: "What you need is a standard that's agreed upon. And that would include adequate levels of staffing.
It would include training. The right kind of training. In other words, don't tell me to go look on a computer site. It has to be hands on with the ability for interaction between the instructor and the people taking the classes.
It needs to be clearly understood that you have to have a plan in place to prevent - to prevent - these injuries and deaths."