Quote from nursebedlam
East Metropolitan mental health director Dr Mark Rooney denied staff were in any danger during yesterday's rampage.
"Unfortunately, aggressive incidents of this kind do occur from time to time within a secure unit," he said.
"The decision has already been made to recruit security for the hospital.
"We have said that will happen by the end of June but sooner if possible.
"We need people with the right skills and experience."
The patient involved in yesterday's incident became agitated after being admitted to a ward shortly after midnight.
He broke a plastic plate and threatened to slash his throat before smashing furniture in the room.
The man then used a chair to break a glass window separating the room and nursing post.
Police were called to subdue the man, who was handcuffed before being sedated by a doctor.
Um. What? Okay, first - June
? A nurse was so badly assaulted that she's still (as far as I know - does anyone have an update?) in hospital, and they STILL haven't hired security staff? What's the unit doing without security in the first place? I'm not saying all psych units needed armed militia on staff, but given that incidents like this happen not infrequently, even in general wards, some strategy short of calling the police seems reasonable as a standard measure.
Which brings me to two: this guy had to be handcuffed by the police, after: a) breaking a plastic plate (not so easy - and why did he have disposable crockery if not because this was a foreseeable event?!); b) threatening self harm; c) breaking furniture; and d) smashing the glass partition. In what way were staff not at risk? Let's pop Dr Rooney at the nursing post, an armed and angry psych patient smashing through glass in front of him, and see how unthreatened he feels.
You can bet that if a patient were assaulted there'd be an outcry, and security before you could blink. On my unit we had a BPD patient who was found with his hand on a female patient's (clothed, if that makes a difference) breast, and he had a patient attendant for the rest of his (ridiculously extended) admission, at a cost of $40K. Nice to see their commitment to the nursing staff. :angryfire