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On November 2, a patient at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood attacked four nurses, severely injuring two before police tackled him. One nurse came away with a broken wrist, another a collapsed lung.
This and other violent hospital encounters inspired State Rep. Joe Atkins to propose a nurse protection bill that would increase penalties for people convicted of assaulting nurses. Under the new bill, a particularly nasty patient could serve up to three years in prison and pay $6,000 for hitting a health worker.
"The law already allows for patients convicted of this crime to be put in jail. This would just allow them to be jailed longer and be fined more," Atkins said.More »