Sunday, February 15, 2015

Can a change in the law work?

I have been working on trying to change the MA.state law about from a misdemeanor to a felony about assaulting health care workers.

 Our law in Ma. is "Whoever commits an assault or an assault and battery on an Emergency Medical technician an ambulance operator, an ambulance attendant or a health care provider as defined in section 1 of chapter 111,while the technician ,operator,attendant or provider is treating or transporting a person in the line of duty ,shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not less than 90 days nor more than 2 and one half years or by a fine of not less than $500.00 nor more than $5000.00 or both. This is what the State of Ma. Has ,it is a misdemeanor . Now if the State had a felony this is more serious. The person could go directly to prison. Have
Would that all it takes to stop the violence? A threat of prison?
Would that allow  the nurses the freedom to make out more incident reports?
Would the organization be more aware of the assaults the healthcare workers are receiving?
I am not sure of the answers to those questions,maybe someone could answer them for me.
Does your State have the felony law in place for assaulting a healthcare worker Does it work?

Sheila Wilson R.N.BSN MPH