Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Attacks on health care workers have nurses looking to Capitol for help

Author:

Minnesota's health care workers say they're increasingly under attack. Literally.

Amid a push to improve safety for workers at medical centers, a state Senate committee hearing Wednesday put last fall's rampage by a patient at a Maplewood hospital center stage.

The video showed a patient at St. John's Hospital using a metal rod he'd torn off a piece of equipment to attack nurses, injuring several. The man later died while being apprehended by deputies.

While that case was extreme, nurses say violence inflicted by patients is becoming common.

WCCO reports Minnesota health care workers filed more worker's compensation claims for on-the-job injuries last year than ever before.

Wednesday's hearing involved a bill by Sen. Chuck Wiger, whose district includes St. John's Hospital. Wiger says the legislation makes hospitals more accountable.

KARE 11 reports the measure would require hospitals to report any attacks to the Health Department, develop response plans in conjunction with law enforcement, and train staff on how to de-escalate situations.

While the union representing the state's nurses supports the bill, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Hospital Association tells KARE it would create unnecessary expenses, adding that hospitals already have rapid-response teams.

The hospitals also offer a guide to best practices for preventing violence in healthcare.

Next Up

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

brian ingram

Woodfired Cantina closes at Keg and Case in St. Paul

Restaurateur Brian Ingram is focusing on growing his other concepts.

giant bear

Video: 'THE fattest bear we have ever seen' spotted on MN trail camera

"This might be THE fattest bear we have ever seen in our area," researchers said.

u.s. attorney

Guilty plea from man who stockpiled guns, equipment to make bombs, drugs

Prosecutors say he had multiple guns, items to make weapons and pipe bombs, and lab equipment to make drugs.

polaris Ranger XP Kinetic

Here is Polaris' new electric Ranger off-road vehicle

The Minnesota-based company unveiled the electric UTV on Wednesday.

Related