The Virginia Nurses Foundation Recognizes Delegate Peace for his Legislative Service

-- Peace Recognized as a Friend of Nursing at 2013 Gala -- 

Central, VA –The Virginia Nurses Foundation (VNF) recently named Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Hanover) as a VNF Friend of Nursing at their 2013 Gala.  This award acknowledges Peace’s sponsorship of legislation that protects nurses working in Virginia correctional centers.

This award follows the successful passage of HB 2065 during the 2013 General Assembly session.  Peace’s bill protects the Department of Corrections (DOC) contractors, such as nurses and other medical practitioners which are directly engaged in the care, treatment, or supervision of persons in the Department of Corrections’ custody from assault.

Assaulting a DOC contractor will now be a Class 6 felony, with a six-month mandatory minimum; the same penalty for assaulting a DOC employee.  Previously, it was a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Speaking about the award, “I am proud to have supported legislation which protects nurses working to provide needed health care services in the DOC system.  It is an honor to be recognized by VNF,” stated Peace.

According to their website, the Virginia Nurses Association (VNA) established the Virginia Nurses Foundation to continue programs of support and innovation for nurses and nursing in the Commonwealth.  The mission of the VNA is to promote advocacy and education for registered nurses to advance professional practice and influence the delivery of quality care

Peace’s commitment to the successful passage of HB 2065 supports one of the VNA’s primary goals – to ensure a positive legislative and regulatory climate for nursing practice.

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