I am struggling with patient families lately. - page 14

I am fed up with patient families treating the hospital like a family reunion site. I am tired of the family members that insist on staying the night, why? In some cases I get it. But when your... Read More

  1. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Can someone tell me WHY we can't speak back to patients or families when they make our day so difficult or scream at us ? I also don't see why a nurse can't defend herself when a patient starts choking or beating her up. Where is it a written law that we cannot defend ourselves physically and verbally when attacked? Seriously does anyone know if there's a law?
    Here are the known laws which make it a felony to assault nurses: http://www.ena.org/IENR/Documents/St...d%20Felony.pdf

    If families, pts are unruly, use assertive desecalation techniques, get charge. If escalating, you can always let them know the laws and give then the choice to calm down or go out in handcuffs...it is really that simple, especially if you learn how to verbally descalate pts, you really don't have to go that far.

    I can recall stopping a demented pt's blow of hitting my chest...I told her that she could go to jail be side of assault. Was a ***** at the rest if her stay and got off 1:1...somewhere was the rationale part of her mind still functioning.
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    @ladyfree, wow VERY happy you shared that information. This is real stuff they don't teach you in school but definitely should. The hard truth is , we deal with all personalities and sometimes the VERY difficult. It's necessary to know our rights before a situation explodes. Thank you very much and I bet your advice will prove to come in handy in my future nursing career and potentially keep a pt from threatening me with a knife again .
  3. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from bTRUE
    @ladyfree, wow VERY happy you shared that information. This is real stuff they don't teach you in school but definitely should. The hard truth is , we deal with all personalities and sometimes the VERY difficult. It's necessary to know our rights before a situation explodes. Thank you very much and I bet your advice will prove to come in handy in my future nursing career and potentially keep a pt from threatening me with a knife again .
    No problem...forewarned is forearmed, even when you are helping people. I have cared for many shades of people..,you never know what you are going to get!
  4. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from bTRUE
    Can someone tell me WHY we can't speak back to patients or families when they make our day so difficult or scream at us ? I also don't see why a nurse can't defend herself when a patient starts choking or beating her up. Where is it a written law that we cannot defend ourselves physically and verbally when attacked? Seriously does anyone know if there's a law?
    Because words are words.....you shouldn't participate in a shouting match with people who are obviously beneath you....professionally and intellectually

    However, you absolutely may protect yourself if being attacked but that doesn't mean the little old lady who is confused you can shove to the ground and call the police.

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