I took your post title literally, but I did not see the hearings at all. But, since we are on this subject of nurses in danger, I just found out my manager of the staffing agency I work for was assaulted. She and another nurse were attacked outside the ER doors while smoking (see how bad smoking is for you?) All kidding aside, he held a gun on them and asked them to give up all their jewlery, which they did, then he used a bandana to choke the other nurse and she passed out, then he used the bandana to choke my manager after he body slammed her into the glass doors, and whacked her head against the glass several times. She then said she felt him press his body up against her, and she decided to fight. She bit him as hard as she could, then he hit her in her mouth and knocked most of her teeth out, but she was able to get away, probably distracted by the pain, she really bit him HARD, she said she thinks she loosened her caps by biting him so hard before he hit her in the mouth, probably why he was able to knock out her teeth so easily, who knows.
This occurred at 3am, while my manager was working in the ER. My question is, Where the he!! was security??!! Of course there are only 2 guards for this hospital, in a very dangerous area of the city. Of course they didn't get the perp, so my manager has to go on AZT prohylaxis.
Not only is short staffing dangerous, we are in danger from assault, not enough protection, can't restrain or "oversedate" or God forbid we impinge on someone's rights, What about our rights?! And, we are exposed to every known disease under the sun. To name a few I have been exposed to this month alone... HIV, Hepatitis A, B, and C, cryptococcal meningitis, TB and MDR TB, and a pt who had malaria (in very critical condition), which granted is not communicable, but if I had stuck myself, or had a blood splash, who knows?? At least I was getting $35 to $38 from the agency!! But, I realized I don't want to do critical care anymore (that's another whole story.) I'm ready for the rehab hospital now. It's just not as dangerous. I just applied for a PT job as a library clerk, no lie, $6/hr. Why? I can't afford to go back for my MLS, and the exposure and library experience counts towards some state librarian jobs. I am out of nursing as soon as I can afford it altogether.
Thanks for listening, it's been a he!! of a week!