Baton Rouge nurse's death prompts demands for workplace safety

May 6, 2019

Members of the U.S. nursing community are expressing anger over a New Orlean’s nurse’s death after being attacked by a patient, according to an article on The Advocate website.

They are calling for better hospital safety practices. Advocates said the death indicates a persistent threat of workplace violence to medical workers.

Dr. Zubin Damania, a physician known by the name "ZDoggMD" for his comedic raps and commentary, posted a recent video arguing that the nurse’s death shows "how we are devaluing our frontline healthcare professionals, putting them in harm's way and expecting our healers to make the ultimate sacrifice in service for their patients: to die in service for their patients."

"I don't think it's any coincidence that an occupation comprised mostly of women has been exposed to violence for so long. I also don't think it's any accident that we're seeing a cultural shift in what women are willing to tolerate as a collective," said Michelle Mahon, a registered nurse and representative for the labor group National Nurses United. "We're getting to the point where this is no longer acceptable."

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