Used to work in Neuro ICU, get good at ducking and diving there. Was kicked into a wall by a guy going through DTs there. Day nurse took off restraints because he seemed ok, my first assessment he put his foot into my chest and I was sent flying into the wall. Another neuro patient tried to strangle me with my stethoscope, learned to never wear it around my neck while leaning over a patient. EVER. Had a front tooth cracked by an stroke patient in LTC. I was measuring the wound she had from laying on the floor for two days before any family members came to check on her. That leg was flaccid, the other she kicked me like she was a rocketter dancer. Eventually that tooth had to be capped, and no the facility did not pay for it despite the incident report. I have had confused elderly patients bite, scratch and slap. All of these incidents were with confused and scared patients. Only once was attacked by someone that was not confused, a young man that was under federal firearms violation arrest when I worked neuro. He was an observation patient. He had gotten into a car accident and when his pants where cut off in the ER a gun fell out. Hence his arrest. No officer posted because he had broken both legs and was in traction, figured he wasn't going anywhere I guess. He had friends that came up to see him, individuals I would not want to meet on a dark street to say it kindly, they were informed that they were not allowed visitation based on the arrest, not even parents were allowed to visit. A commonation insured, later patient wanted to know why friends had not been allowed in as he had heard the whole thing, told him why and I got a smack upside my head that left my ears ringing. This is the one time I can say that I had a patient hit me that I was ANGRY.
Oh, and his friends, they threatened to shot me in the parking lot. Had security escort to and from my car for awhile, wasn't sure why since they didn't carry guns or any other weapons.
I don't know too many nurses who haven't been bopped at one time or another.