DECATUR-Nurses give a helping hand to
complete strangers, but sometimes those people turn on them.
A new law will mean stricter penalties
for the patients who harm nurses.
State representative Sue Scherer
introduced the bill.
"We've already got firemen
protected, policemen, teachers, even cab drivers are protected this
way, but nurses weren't included in the lot," Scherer says.
Under the law, an intentional attack on
an on-duty nurse would classify as aggravated battery, a class 3
felony, carrying 2 to 5 years in prison.
It was signed by Governor Quinn Friday
and goes into effect January 2014.