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Under the U.S. common law system, the crime of assault is committed when a person intentionally puts another in fear of receiving serious bodily injury or offensive contact. When the victim is actually injured or contacted in an offensive manner, the offender is guilty of battery. Today, while some states continue to separate the two crimes of assault and battery, many have combined both under one single assault statute.
Under NY law, there are three degrees of assault, all of which require some kind of physical injury. However, under the Assault statute, http://ypdcrime.com/penal.law/article120.htm#120.13 there is also included the crime of "menacing" in several degrees. That is what appears to have happened to you.
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This is quite a bit off the original question, but it I think that the hospital might have called for a conference with the two of you over the incident, and then make a decision. There are probably all kinds of rules and regulations establishing complaint and grievance procedures covering incidents between personnel. Also, the reason for the nurse resigning sounds pretty bogus. Whether she works there or not has no bearing on your right to press charges.
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