Patient Beats Up Nursing Staff Member - page 2

I was outraged hearing this. We have satellite clinic affiliated with our hospital, that is sort of far and segregated in a neighborhood that has become more unsafe thoughout the years. Anyway, a... Read More

  1. by   nghtfltguy
    Quote from TheCommuter
    How cowardly for the staff to stand back and watch as a patient battered a fellow staff member..
    as usual....i agree w/ her!!!

  2. by   anonymurse
    Every nurse should have their situational awareness switched on at all times. Highly recommend "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker about paying attention to and acting on your innate warning faculties in order to keep you out of danger.
  3. by   pagandeva2000
    I am also impulsive, and would have resorted to beating the mess out of someone that is beating up a staff member for no real rhyme or reason. Maybe we both would have been in jail...
  4. by   EmmaG
    Quote from anonymurse
    Every nurse should have their situational awareness switched on at all times. Highly recommend "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker about paying attention to and acting on your innate warning faculties in order to keep you out of danger.
    Great book!
  5. by   SuesquatchRN
    I'm one of the maniacs who jumps on the assaulter's back.
  6. by   teeituptom
    welcome to the wonderfull world of ER nursing
  7. by   teeituptom
    our security needs a little to be desired
    cant even count the number of battles Ive been in
    the wounds Ive recieved

    I dont heal as well as I used too
  8. by   rnmomtobe2010
    Quote from Suesquatch
    I'm one of the maniacs who jumps on the assaulter's back.
    EXACTLY!!! :angryfire
  9. by   registerednut1221
    I have a friend who recently followed a confused patient outside through a door that was locked from the outside and she couldn't get back in. She had called for help as she followed him out (around 3am), but no one came. He proceeded to beat her in the head with his foley bag (the one with the hard plastic urometer). She finally scaled a 4ft wall and made her way to the front entrance of the hospital (through the bushes no less) with this confused patient chasing her. Once she was at the front door (that is also locked from the outside after 9pm) she began banging on the glass. She saw a housekeeper who looked at her with this patient attacking her and left her there. Now the housekeeper did go for help, but still..why not open the d@^& door and help her fend off this patient??? (the housekeeper later said that she had not wanted to open the door because she was afraid of the patient getting back in!!!) now to add insult to injury, once my friend had gotten back inside (with a huge red mark on her face, sticks and twigs in her obviously mussed hair and on her clothes, tears and mascara streaming down her face) a patient's family member approached her and said "I would like some coffee. I take it with cream no sugar." !!! I told her at that point I would have said "There's a man with your coffee right out there" and pointed her toward the door outside. The nerve of some people!!!
  10. by   gentle
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I was outraged hearing this. We have satellite clinic affiliated with our hospital, that is sort of far and segregated in a neighborhood that has become more unsafe thoughout the years. Anyway, a patient came to the clinic insisting on birth control pills. The staff basically told her that birth control pills are not distributed the same way condoms are, and she would need to be evaluated by a physician. They say that this patient showed her natural behind, and one of the doctors tried to take her to the side to explain what needed to be done and why.

    Then, a Patient Care Associate got involved to explain the same thing, and the patient hauls off and starts beating her up for dear life. None of the staff helped her, from nurses, other aides, or physicians. By the time the police arrived, the patient ran off.

    I am thoroughly disgusted that these staff members did not assist this woman as she was being attacked. It could have been any one of them, from receptionist to physicians. And there were at least 8-10 people on duty. What has dealing with people come to???

    Please keep us updated on how the staff member is doing. Also, I am curious what the outcome will be for training/security?! Obviously not much of anything happening on those two fronts up to this point.

    I hope you don't need to float there ever again. I wish they could shut that place down till things are corrected. That's very dangerous.
  11. by   tattooednursie
    That is just scary. It actually sounds like a nightmare I recently had of being beaten at work, and no one came to help. That is very sad. I would have backed my co-worker up all the way . . . Maybe they were concerned about the possibility of assault charges if they were to pull this person off of her, but she would have still been in the wrong, and I think any good person should have intervened.
  12. by   tattooednursie
    Quote from registerednut1221
    I have a friend who recently followed a confused patient outside through a door that was locked from the outside and she couldn't get back in. She had called for help as she followed him out (around 3am), but no one came. He proceeded to beat her in the head with his foley bag (the one with the hard plastic urometer). She finally scaled a 4ft wall and made her way to the front entrance of the hospital (through the bushes no less) with this confused patient chasing her. Once she was at the front door (that is also locked from the outside after 9pm) she began banging on the glass. She saw a housekeeper who looked at her with this patient attacking her and left her there. Now the housekeeper did go for help, but still..why not open the d@^& door and help her fend off this patient??? (the housekeeper later said that she had not wanted to open the door because she was afraid of the patient getting back in!!!) now to add insult to injury, once my friend had gotten back inside (with a huge red mark on her face, sticks and twigs in her obviously mussed hair and on her clothes, tears and mascara streaming down her face) a patient's family member approached her and said "I would like some coffee. I take it with cream no sugar." !!! I told her at that point I would have said "There's a man with your coffee right out there" and pointed her toward the door outside. The nerve of some people!!!
    I would have been SO angry, especially after being asked for coffee in a demeaning manner after all that.
  13. by   twinmommy+2
    I'm sorry but that would not have happened in my ER, that person would have been delt with swiftly by all coworkers present. I sincerlly hope that the person gets herself caught and doesn't come back to that place to do that again.

    Quote from pagandeva2000
    I was outraged hearing this. We have satellite clinic affiliated with our hospital, that is sort of far and segregated in a neighborhood that has become more unsafe thoughout the years. Anyway, a patient came to the clinic insisting on birth control pills. The staff basically told her that birth control pills are not distributed the same way condoms are, and she would need to be evaluated by a physician. They say that this patient showed her natural behind, and one of the doctors tried to take her to the side to explain what needed to be done and why.

    Then, a Patient Care Associate got involved to explain the same thing, and the patient hauls off and starts beating her up for dear life. None of the staff helped her, from nurses, other aides, or physicians. By the time the police arrived, the patient ran off.

    I am thoroughly disgusted that these staff members did not assist this woman as she was being attacked. It could have been any one of them, from receptionist to physicians. And there were at least 8-10 people on duty. What has dealing with people come to???

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