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Mass. nurses push for safety after stabbing

July 5, 2017

Harrington Hospital is reviewing it's security after a nurse was stabbed by a patient while working at the Southbridge, Mass., facility, according to an article on the Worcester Business Journal website.

After the attack, Harrington was put on lockdown. Security officers, who were already stationed at the entrance to the emergency department, began screening all visitors while management discussed longer-term responses.

"We have solicited guidance and support from security professionals, state agencies and local law enforcement about how to create a safer work environment. We have identified a number of initiatives, with considerable staff involvement, that we will be pursuing," Ed Moore, president and CEO of Harrington, said in the article.

A 2016 nurses association survey found 86 percent experienced some violence at work in the past two years.

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