Patient Bites Nurse's Fingertip Off - page 3

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   funnygirl_rn
    [i]Originally posted by SharonMH31 I wonder if they have ever dealt with a drunken, unruly, and threatening patient. Was they supposed to take a few licks off this guy before they had the right to protect themselves? It makes me sick, and they wonder why people don't want to do this anymore. I hope Louisville nurses come out in droves to protest this and support this nurse.
    I agree Sharon. Earlier this year on the unit that I work on, a patient (young guy...mid 20's) became extremely combative & punched one of my co-workers in the face. She wears very EXPENSIVE eye glasses (she has terrible vision) and her glasses were destroyed. Our hospital stated that they couldn't pay for her glasses. In the mean-time she couldn't work until her new glasses could be made & the health insurance with eye vision offered through the hospital didn't pay much. I took up a collection to help her pay for her glasses ($300.00), everyone from house-keeping to the docs donated something.
  2. by   NurseGirlKaren
    The first thing that jumped out to me when I read the story in the original post was the age of the patient. Not only was he drunk, he was underage and drunk.
  3. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by lgflamini
    I know! And the sad thing I'm wondering about is if offender's atty could possibly admit this as testimonial evidence. Could their opinions be detrimental to her license? Does this make you guys nervous, too?
    Yes...that is toooooo scary...especially with those slick willy lawyers! Hopefully every nurse in that hospital & ones near by will show up in court to boo those two consultants! What an insult to that nurse!
  4. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by NurseGirlKaren
    The first thing that jumped out to me when I read the story in the original post was the age of the patient. Not only was he drunk, he was underage and drunk.
    Yep..and they are also some of the strongest & wildest patients to descalate.
  5. by   BBFRN
    Maybe I could contact the hospital's legal dept. and ask what the other staff members can do to support her? I don't want to do more harm than good here. Is there anybody here that has seen this happen to a fellow co-worker and has some advice on how to approach showing support without harming the case?
    Last edit by BBFRN on Jun 7, '03
  6. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by lgflamini
    Maybe I could contact the hospital's legal dept. and ask what the other staff members can do to support her? I don't want to do more harm than good here.
    Have them (staff members) come out in droves...and hopefully that nurse has a kick ass attorney!
  7. by   BBFRN
    I hope so, too! I definitely plan on being in the courthouse at least, when this comes up. I'll check and see if it's OK to rally the others there for support, too. I think a lot would be willing to help.
  8. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by lgflamini
    Maybe I could contact the hospital's legal dept. and ask what the other staff members can do to support her? I don't want to do more harm than good here. Is there anybody here that has seen this happen to a fellow co-worker and has some advice on how to approach showing support without harming the case?
    Perhaps if those who were in the ER that night working, all got together, signed a letter stating support, stating willingness to go to court, make depositions, etc. on her behalf that would help. Send it to administration and the legal department. Also perhaps with an attachment that if they need character witnesses there are many people willing to do so.

    With witnesses that the patient was drunk and combative, duh he bit her finger off, and there are statements on record that he doesn't remember a thing. He doesn't stand a chance. A good lawyer would rake him through the coals.

    Don't get me started on the news media. They raked our hospital through the dirt several years ago with very unfair and unbiased reports.
  9. by   funnygirl_rn
    Keep us posted! I am sure her co-workers would be willing to help...I know I would!
  10. by   funnygirl_rn
    I agree 3rdshiftguy...with credible witnesses & a good attorney...that dude will be back in the slammer.
  11. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Perhaps if those who were in the ER that night working, all got together, signed a letter stating support, stating willingness to go to court, make depositions, etc. on her behalf that would help. Send it to administration and the legal department. Also perhaps with an attachment that if they need character witnesses there are many people willing to do so.

    With witnesses that the patient was drunk and combative, duh he bit her finger off, and there are statements on record that he doesn't remember a thing. He doesn't stand a chance. A good lawyer would rake him through the coals.

    I'm sure the ER staff will witness. As a floor nurse, though, I can only be a character witness- but there are loads of us on the floors that have great things to say about her. Could that make any kind of difference to her case?

    I will definitely keep you guys posted on the goings-on!
  12. by   bellehill
    At most places I have worked the security officers are required to be present and initiate leather restraints. I don't know the policy at this hospital but I thought I saw some security officers in the video. Why isn't the "news reporter" questioning the security officers instead of dragging down the nurse's reputation? No wonder there is a nursing shortage.

    The nurse acted appropriately, if someone threatens me I don't mess around - especially if they are not in their right mind. Please tell this nurse she has a bunch of people pulling for her. Please keep us posted!
  13. by   bellehill
    Email message sent to the reporter, thanks for the email address.

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