I refuse to be a punching bag - NO MORE ASSAULT - page 5

by abbaking

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I am writing this post because I am trying to empower all nurses regardless of title to stand up to this mentality that we have to take abuse. Where did this myth come from? Why is it that we are seen as punching bags and... Read More


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    To OP. I agree. I was once kicked in the heart by a 200 lb. man. I mean right between the breasts with hard soled shoes. It hurt!!
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    I am a CNA and I am sick of the abuse as well. I recently quit a job because it was so much absue. I was pregnant and could not jeopardize my or my unborn child's health. The place where I worked did not really care about the combative patients assaulting us either.
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    I am also surprised at the reported level of physical abuse here. I have never been physically assaulted in the slightest while working in acute care. (Working with sound mind, A + O x 3 patients). If a patients appears to be escalating towards violence or inappropriate verbal behaviour, we immediately call a "code white" and the team will be there ASAP.

    Mind you, I don't work in the ER and that is where you hear most of the code whites called for.

    I have had minor scratches and attempts to hit from the elderly and dementia residents in LTC, but I don't hold them at fault. It's their dementia. As long as they are safe and covered, we leave the room and try their care again 1/2 hour later.
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    Ogopogo,

    You're right that a lot of it happens in the ED. We get them while still high or intoxicated, often both. The assaults tend to come before we can get them down or sedated.

    As for the A&O ones, there are some extremely stressed out situations, where people are scared + angry + helpless and trying to control things that are out of their control. Doesn't really excuse them, but does make us wary!

    Then, there are the total jerks who think just because we are in a hospital and not likely to knock them flat, are flat out bullies and love throwing their weight around, verbally or physically.
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    Quote from OgopogoLPN
    If a patients appears to be escalating towards violence or inappropriate verbal behaviour, we immediately call a "code white" and the team will be there ASAP.
    We don't have a team... and at night, only a few staff in the hospital at all.
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    Quote from KUNursingStudent
    I am in total favor of the OP! Yes treating the patients is TOP priority, however, some may argue that we cannot walk away from a bleeding person because they are combative and the old grandma because she scratched us, we are a class of working society that is already overworked, at times frowned upon, and arguably, under-paid. Just like if you walk through airport-security, there's a level of respect and cooperation. When you're on an aircraft, you can't expect to spit or hit a flight attendant because your bags cannot fit and you have gate check it instead, and get away with it. And they're there to service you and assist in an emergency - those days (of assaulting airline employees) are over! Nurses must follow-suit!! #IJS
    very true - most people wouldn't dream of assaulting a flight attendant (whose job IS to bring you things to eat/drink and keep you comfortable) or swearing at a TSA for fear of being charged with a federal crime. Everyone knows the consequences are quick & severe. Why shouldn't there be some sort of protection in place for nurses, PCA's, etc? I don't know what the solution is but I do know that nurses & other caregivers shouldn't have to worry about their personal safety on top of all of the other job stresses.


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