SOURCE: Emergency Nurses Association

Emergency Nurses Association

March 11, 2015 16:39 ET

Media Advisory: Emergency Nurses Assemble at California State Capitol for Workplace Violence Prevention Rally

DES PLAINES, IL--(Marketwired - March 11, 2015) -

WHAT: Violence in emergency departments has reached epidemic levels and emergency nurses are particularly vulnerable.

Under current California law, an assault or battery against a physician or nurse rendering emergency medical care outside of a hospital, clinic or healthcare facility is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,000, or a one year jail time, or both. However, if an assault or battery occurs inside the healthcare facility, the crime is punishable as a lower misdemeanor with a jail time of up to 6 months.

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez introduced AB 172 this year to prevent workplace violence inside the emergency department and guarantee stronger protections for healthcare workers.

Emergency nurses from across the state will join forces to support AB172 on the steps of the State Capitol. Emergency nurses will be on hand to provide more information about their experience with violence in the workplace.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

WHERE: North steps of the California State Capitol
10th and L Streets
Sacramento, CA 95814

WHO: Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez
District 52

Susan Smith, RN
President, California Emergency Nurses Association

RESOURCES: Journal of Emergency Nursing (Jan. 2014) "Nothing Changes, Nobody Cares: Understanding the Experience of Emergency Nurses Physically or Verbally Assaulted While Providing Care"

ENA Emergency Department Violence Surveillance Study (2011)

JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration (Aug. 2009) "Violence Against Nurses Working in US Emergency Departments"

About the Emergency Nurses Association
ENA, which has more than 40,000 members worldwide, is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA develops and disseminates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and public entities regarding emergency nurses and their practice. Additional information is available at or on Twitter @ENAorg.

Contact Information

  • Marie Grimaldi
    Emergency Nurses Association