I know one of the greatest concerns of new HH nurses is safety. But how much riskier do you really think HH is compared to the hospital? I was listening to some friends who work in the hospital setting, and some of the stories were scarier than what I've experienced in HH, i.e., getting kicked in the head by a confused patient getting restrained, a manager getting beaten up by a very large agro patient, being threatened by gang members in the ED...also I remember myself getting swatted at, screamed at, spit at, and, yes, kicked by patients when I used to work in the hospital. Add to that with all the other hazards of hospitals (dangerous chemicals, machinery, small rooms, isolation patients, etc), how much riskier really, in total, is HH compared to in-patient acute/critical care, in terms of safety hazards to the nurse?The discussion just had me thinking of this issue in a different way..
I also carry mace.
I see patients in very bad neighborhoods. I work in a city that is consistently in the top 5-10 on the most dangerous cities list.
Last edit by tinderbox on Jul 4, '12
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