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Illinois Nurses Face Workplace Violence

May 14, 2018
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new report from the University of Illinois finds the vast majority of nurses in Illinois experience violence on the job. 

The survey on workplace violence was sent to members of the Illinois Nurses Association, which has more than 2,000 members in various healthcare settings.

"The patient in the next bed" by Flickr User Harsha K R / (CC x 2.0)

A new amendment to proposed Illinois legislation would require hospitals to train nurses in sexual assault care by 2021.

A previous draft of the proposal gave hospitals until 2023 to have a specially trained medical provider present within 90 minutes of a sexual assault patient's arrival, The Chicago Tribune reported .

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About 100 people are expected to participate in this year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Saturday in DeKalb. About a quarter of that number will be men walking that mile in high heels.

Registration is up from last year’s event. That’s according to Kendal Baker – she is a spokeswoman for Safe Passage, which is a domestic violence agency and rape crisis center in DeKalb County.

Baker says the main purpose of the nationwide event is to continue to bring awareness to sexual assault and domestic violence, especially since this month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

"The patient in the next bed" by Flickr User Harsha K R / (CC x 2.0)

Lawmakers advanced a measure Tuesday that would require Illinois hospitals to have nurses on staff who can provide specialized care to victims of sexual assault, including children.

The measure would require Illinois hospitals to have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), who can treat and examine victims, on their staff within five years.

OFFICE OF ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Illinois Attorney General's Office is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation that would require hospitals to have a specially trained medical provider available to examine a sexual assault victim.

Of the more than 196,000 registered nurses in Illinois, only 32 are certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses to work with adult sexual assault patients, the Chicago Tribune reported. A dozen of the sexual assault nurse examiners are certified to treat children.

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