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Posted on: May 13, 2019

Yesterday marked the end of National Nurses Week, a week rightfully dedicated to recognizing the women and men on the frontlines of our healthcare industry.

Ensuring they have adequate protections for job-related injuries should be a no-brainer, but the battle rages on.

CAAA has been a long-time supporter of extending presumptions of injuries to nurses and other hospital employees who work in potentially dangerous situations with various hazardous conditions.

First responders, like firefighters and police officers, who are required to protect the public, are presumed to be injured on the job when they get cancer or an infectious disease.

Hospital employees, the first responders of our healthcare system who are 80 percent female, do not receive these same protections.

Senate Bill 567 sought to remedy this absurd discrepancy by creating presumptions for work-related injuries including infectious diseases, cancer, musculoskeletal injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and respiratory diseases.

Nurses are regarded by Americans to be the most trustworthy professionals. But can they put their trust in us?

Sadly, SB 567 died in committee late last month, but the war is not over. We must continue the fight to enact proper protections so nurses can finally put their trust in our workers' compensation system.