Sen. Micheal Bergstrom meets with medical professionals to discuss health care workplace legislation

en. Micheal Bergstrom met with health care administrators from the Integris Miami and Integris Grove hospitals. From left to right: Angie Conrad RN, emergency department supervisor; Skyler Humble RN, BSN, IV therapy team manager; Brandi Stewart RN, BSN, MBA, vice president/chief nursing officer; Sen. Micheal Bergstrom; Sarah Shockley RN, women’s health supervisor; Carrie Turner RN, BSN, progressive care/OB/ED clinical director; Logan Thronebury RN, MSN, quality consultant; James Sharp RN, BSN, MBA, surgery/wound care clinical director.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, met with health care team members from Integris Miami and Integris Grove at the Capitol to discuss Senate Bill 1290, also known as the Medical Care Provider Protection Act.

The measure, co-authored by Bergstrom, would strengthen laws dealing with violence against health care workers on the job by creating an inclusive list of specific health care workers the law covers and increasing the penalty for attacking any health care worker; raising awareness through uniformed signage in hospitals, clinics and ambulances; and requiring an annual report of all assaults on health care workers to the State Department of Health.

“Health care professionals work tirelessly to keep our families healthy,” Bergstrom said. “The amount of violence our health care workers endure in order to do their jobs is astounding. We must do more to keep them safe, and that’s why I’m proud to co-author a measure will take steps to address workplace violence in the medical field.”

Senate Bill 1290 passed off the Senate floor Thursday. It now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

For more information, contact:

Sen. Micheal Bergstrom at 405-521-5561, or email Micheal.Bergstrom@oksenate.gov.

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