2/12 UC). Ayodeji-Coker said if Saint E’s management had installed a higher barrier in front of the nurses at the station, the patient would never have gotten over it. The D.C. Nurses Association, an NNU affiliate which represents Saint E’s nurses, among others, has been campaigning to get higher barriers at the nurse stations there. DCNA has also argued for full-time security officers at each Saint E’s nurses station. There were none when the patient, who has a history of violence, attacked Ayodeji-Coker. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, HR 1309, introduced Feb. 21 by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn, “mandates the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration create a national standard requiring health care and social service employers to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan.” The House Education and Labor Committee plans a hearing on it in late February or early March.
- Mark Gruenberg, PAI staff writer