It happened here, RA killed by patient - page 2

This week a mental health client got into a disagreement with a Residental Aide. It ended with him chasing her out of the building into the parking lot beating her down, slitting her throat and then... Read More

  1. by   Gromit
    Man there isnt ANY PART of that scenario that doesn't yell "GET OUT!". I'd run, not walk -and MAIL my resignation letter in (wouldn't hang around long enough to submit it).
    Never have wanted anything to do with the mental patients. Too often they can turn wild and the healthcare provider pays the price. No thanks.

    Btw, what IS MR/DD ??
  2. by   heartlover07
    I worked as resident aide in a group home for paranoid schizophrenics and there was always two of us there, sometimes even three. I can't imagine being there by myself, in fact I wouldn't do it! My advice is to get out while you can, this woman's death was a wake up call for you to get out of there before you are injured or worse. No job is worth that, and I would venture to say that you would not have too much trouble finding another job!
    jamie
  3. by   sanctuary
    so sad about the woman being killed. memo to group homes: lock up all knives.
    refuse to work in unsafe conditions. there need not be two rns, but surely an aid, a security staff, off duty cop picking up a few extra dollars...good grief, don't wait to be the second statistic. tell your boss that you'll be back when it is safe.
    Last edit by sanctuary on Mar 11, '07 : Reason: can't spell.
  4. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from Gromit
    Btw, what IS MR/DD ??

    Mentally Retarded/Drug Dependent?
  5. by   Myxel67
    Quote from gromit
    man there isnt any part of that scenario that doesn't yell "get out!". i'd run, not walk -and mail my resignation letter in (wouldn't hang around long enough to submit it).
    never have wanted anything to do with the mental patients. too often they can turn wild and the healthcare provider pays the price. no thanks.

    btw, what is mr/dd ??


    my guess is mentally retarded/developmentally disabled
  6. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from myxel67
    my guess is mentally retarded/developmentally disabled

    bingo! i forgot the last two, but i know that is correct.
  7. by   Mama Val
    Thanks everybody
    Yes I want to leave and their have allready been a few nurses who have quit. But my concern is the ones who will be left here when I am gone. I am sending a letter to my boss and her boss expressing my concerns, no plausable deniability there.
    My big question I guess is there any rough standard to use for these places. How do you guys run your detox units down in America (the lower 48).
  8. by   sanctuary
    Quote from Mama Val
    Thanks everybody
    Yes I want to leave and their have allready been a few nurses who have quit. But my concern is the ones who will be left here when I am gone. I am sending a letter to my boss and her boss expressing my concerns, no plausable deniability there.
    My big question I guess is there any rough standard to use for these places. How do you guys run your detox units down in America (the lower 48).
    Southern Calif: OK, the farthest possible from you... but 28 beds, 1RN, 3 "aides" and jail for everyone who caused a problem. Police were quite willing to pick up folks once they had been invited to a 24 hour open house, ate itty-bitty sandwitches and had night-nurse-coffee.:smilecoffeeIlovecof All the sargents were personally invited, which made getting help much easier.
  9. by   P_RN
    1. Leave
    2.Call the police for escort-back up
    3.Call the Media-papers, tv, radio etc.
    4. Call the Governor
    5. Call the state's Attorney General
    6. Do not feel guilty in any way, shape, or form. This is a fool's idea of how to run a mental health system. Get Out!!!

    I am assuming this is the case?

    http://www.aksuperstation.com/news/local/6347332.html
    Last edit by P_RN on Mar 11, '07
  10. by   Ophelia78
    Yep, MR/DD is mental retardation/developmental disabilities...

    I agree with everyone- give notice and leave, letting them know why. I would report any unsafe staffing to the overseeing state authority or licensing agency, and workplace violence concerns to OSHA.

    We had a great series of articles written in the local newspaper about 6 years ago concerning poor living and working conditions in group homes that brought a lot of attention to the issue. When I worked in mental health and a younger client committed suicide at age 22, the newspaper did a series of articles at the instigation of his parents about poor resources for pediatric mental health cases. The media can be a real asset at times in bringing these conditions to light.

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