Nurses and midwives across the state will remain 'at the bedside' despite their association speaking out in support of a planned public hospital staff strike.
While members were in 'total support' of strikers, Wagga Nurses and Midwives' Association branch president Amit Gupta said they had a duty of care to remain on ward with their patients.
"Violence is a day to day issue we face in the emergency department, in the wards, people take us for granted," he said.
"People know what is happening but at the same time it's not being controlled. Everyone is aware but nothing is being done."
The response comes after Health Services Union members this week voted unanimously to strike on August 1 across the state.
More than 22,000 paramedics, allied health, catering, administration and security staff will stop work for four hours in a bid to force the government to act on unsafe working environments.
Mr Gupta said the strike will not go unnoticed.
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"Their voices will definitely be heard, people go on strike not just for simple reasons, there is something major happening which is why it has gotten to this stage, and as a union and nurse we totally support that," he said.
Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said "members are sick of being treated as punching bags".
'Abhorrent' was the term used to describe the rising level of violence and aggression experienced by health workers according to a NSW NMA spokesperson.
"This is a systemic issue across the entire health sector - public, private, aged care, mental health and community health workers are all being impacted," they said in a statement.
The spokesperson suggested those participating in the strike had their support, but reiterated that they were not in a position to join the motion.
"Nurses and midwives offer their in principle support to the Health Services Union members (paramedics, cleaners, hospital administration, security guards and other allied health workers) who have voted to take protected industrial action on 1 August 2019," they said.
"However, rostered nurses and midwives will remain at the bedside in hospitals and other health settings across the state."
Seeing action taken was still high on the association's priority list.
"Current violence prevention measures are clearly inadequate and require urgent attention," the spokesperson said.
"The NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association will continue to raise concerns directly with the Minister for Health and the NSW Ministry of Health on this important issue."