Nurses representing WNA, employee health and nurse leaders testified last Tuesday and Wednesday in support of the Workplace Violence against Nurses legislation. In response to the increase in workplace violence against nurses, Senator Dale Kooyenga and State Representative Gae Magnafici have authored SB 163 and AB 175. These bills call for the Class H Felony penalty for battery to a nurse.
“Nurses cannot practice safely if they are not safe,” stated Gina Dennik-Champion, CEO of the Wisconsin Nurses Association. “Passage of SB-163 \ AB-175 is an important part of the larger campaign of public education and empowering nurses to report and hopefully avoid life threatening situations.