I was assaulted by a patient at work and found my management unsupportive. The patient was 1 hr post CEA and decided she was wanted to pull her art line, foley, IV, etc and walk out of the RR naked. We talked her down for about 30 minutes. She seemed calmer and then halued off and hit me in the face as we were getting her cleaned up.
At first the management just blew it off as "she just came out of anesthesia" and did not bother to have another RN assume her care. I told them I refused to care for her any further and it took about another hour for another RN to actually relieve me.
Based on things the patient said and did before the assault, I KNEW she did it purposefully. I felt like the patient should have charges pressed and an incident report filed. My manager basically didn't think it was a big deal and said "go to employee health."
3 hours after the incident, having the ER police officer come to the unit and take my statement, then administration getting involved I was finally allowed to take the rest of the day off. I got the impression they really didn't care about changing the way the hospital deals with violent patients, they just wanted to make sure I didn't run to an attorney and sue them for "unsafe work conditions."
The icing on the cake is that the next day I found out the patient has a history of assaulting health care workers.