NYSNA nurses and staff, elected officials and Franklin Hospital management held a vigil and press conference September 14 in front of the hospital, for a registered nurse who was attacked and injured by a psychiatric patient.
The nurse suffered facial fractures and is scheduled to undergo eye surgery.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable that we find ourselves - again - gathering to support an injured colleague,” said Lorraine Seidel, RN, MA, EGW Director. “We’ve won at the legislative level; as of November, it will be a felony to attack a nurse. Now, we need state regulators and hospital administrators to take all the necessary steps to make sure nurses and hospital staff can do their jobs safely.”
NYSNA Health and Safety Representative Tom Lowe said, “Each year 500,000 nurses across the United States are assaulted while on duty. Getting hurt should not be part of the job!”
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 36,000 members, it is the state's largest professional association and largest union for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.