Patient Bites Nurse's Fingertip Off - page 10

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A man who was arrested for biting off the tip of a nurse's finger spoke out about the incident Monday. Trent Taylor, 20, discussed his actions with NewsChannel 32's Allison... Read More

  1. by   charissa
    Or even a large gentleman who happens to shave his head from housekeeping in my experience! A visible tatoo doesnt hurt either!
  2. by   canoehead
    Does anyone know this nurse and how she is doing? Does she need letter from other nurses to support her, letters to a judge, or a nurse manager, or a little moral support? Can anyone let her know that we are pulling for her, and to drop in on this thread to see the strength of all the great nurses behind her? I will have to see which hospital it was and see if I can find an email address.
  3. by   canoehead
    There is a way to get supportive messages to the nurse involved, via the hospital's web site. Go to the "emergency services" dept, and then down to the "contact" option. They will pass on emails of support.

    http://www.uoflhealthcare.org/

    Here is the message I sent and their reply.

    Comments:: I am writing in support of your nursing staff member that was so poorly and unfairly treated by local media. I hope she is doing well and holding up under the strain. Would you please let her know that at www.allnurses.com we have a discussion thread full of fellow nurses ready and able to lend moral support. That includes many in her area willing to go to court dates, write letters, anything she needs. Thank you for all you do.

    Thanks for your note. I will forward it to the nurse.

    Shelly

    >>> Emergency Medicine - Contact <Shellhaz@ulh.org>
    Last edit by canoehead on Jun 16, '03
  4. by   Chiaramonte
    All this just goes to show is the lack of disrespect the nursing profession generates from the public!! I am truly sorry this RN has to be further traumatized by defending herself!
    A few years back, my 6'7" 375 lb. RN husband got sideswiped by a drunk in our local ER. He pressed charges and the man had to perform community service, pay a fine and pay for replacement glasses for my husband.
    Just goes to show ya, even the BIG ones can get caught off guard!
  5. by   charissa
    I wrote a note as well, we should all let her know that we are proud someone is standing up for themselves! COmeon nurses, lets show her some support!
  6. by   RachelKieran
    As a student nurse - this makes me worry so much! You know - are we expected to be spat on and bitten and abused and just deal with it? Watching the video link was pretty distressing, but that doesn't mean I could see any fault with what any of the staff did to that guy. I mean, they were trying to help a drunken, abusing d!ckhead, which is their job, so why should they cop that sort of abusive? What were they supposed to do - chuck him out in the street? If they'd done that they would have been in the wrong! I'm interested to know if either of the consultants wave3 called in are actually practising nurses in that sort of environment? Do they actually know and understand? I'd be so interested to see how THEY'D react to an idiot like that.
    Also - in Australia - I know there is a 3 second justifiable gap between being hit (or whatever) by a patient and the natural reaction to hit back. To me, the nurse kneeling on his chest to stop his head moving, seemed perfectly jusafiable. In fact, I think she showed great self control!!!! If someone just bit the tip of my finger off I think I would REALLY feel like giving them a bit of a slap around (I would like to say I wouldn't, but I hope I am never in that sort of situation to find out)!!! He's drunk; he won't remember it (according to the idiot himself)...!!!!!
  7. by   eltrip
    Canoehead,
    Thanks for providing the hospital's website! I was able to send a note as well. What a way to show support to a fellow nurse!
  8. by   funnygirl_rn
    Canoehead..thanks for the website...emailed a letter too.
  9. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    I sent my message of support too, all the way from England! (I wonder if I am the furthest away! LOL!)

    It's amazing the aggression we are expected to put up with. In ANY other job, if it happened, you'd be within your HUMAN RIGHTS to defend yourself against violence.

    All this for 1,250 a month. Good job I like to job otherwise!
  10. by   teeituptom
    Well one thing you have to remember is yes the patient is in the wrong, But even more so are the actions of those ambulance chasing slime ball attorneys looking for a quick buck anyway they can. And lets not forget the sensationalizing efforts for self aggrandizemnet of the so called free press jpurnalists.
    Journalists and Lawyers should all be collared
  11. by   charissa
    electric collars so we could shock them
  12. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I must be the red headed step child as I have not recieved a response from the reporter or from the consultants.......lol

    Jotted off a note to the hospital for the nurse too.
  13. by   nowplayingEDRN
    From the hospital their response and a copy of the note I sent off.

    Christie,

    Thanks for your email. I will forward it.

    Shelly

    >>> Emergency Medicine - Contact <Shellhaz@ulh.org> 06/18/03 11:37PM >>>
    Name:: Chrsitie, RN


    Comments:: I am writing to let you know that I am insupport of your nurse, whose finger was bitten off by the violent ED patient tyhat was under the influence of alcohol and drugs and is being given poor and unfair media exposure. I pray that she is holding up both mentally and physically in the face of such duress. As a member of allnurses.com, I have written letters to the media and others involved in support of her actions and and speaking out against violence toward health care workers in the work place. Please let her know that we here at allnurses.com and in the State of New York stand behind her and lend our support to her in this difficult time. We are in great appreciation for the skilled care that you all provide in times of extreme stress, trying to maintain safety for your selves while protecting the patients that you care for.

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