Advocates want healthcare workers to get federal protection, similar to airline employees. Healthcare leaders say more doctors, nurses and other staffers have been attacked in recent years.
Beginning in October, a key program offering federal funds to safety net hospitals is slated for a reduction of $8 billion. More than 250 hospitals have asked Senate and House leaders to block the cuts.
With the observance of National Suicide Prevention Week, Sarah Wells of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses talks about self-care, getting help and how hospitals can help their staff.