Patient abuse - page 2
by algebra_demystified 3,120 Views | 19 Comments
I witnessed a nursing supervisor physically abuse a patient. While I have seen abuse before, this rose to a level at which I think the supervisor should face charges in court for assault. It was that bad. That supervisor's... Read More
- 2Jun 7, '12 by Rob72If you are able to verbalize what constitutes assault, vs. battery, and how the two progress, and if the patient is lucid, just call the Police.
I have no idea what the situation was, obviously, but it would not be unheard of for a supervisor to escalate a non-compliant patient's behavior(in a controlled, intentional manner) to have the patient removed from a facility, but for yuks & giggles, it is unacceptable.
My thinking is, if it was serious enough for you to post, its serious enough to follow through. If this was "venting", it was very ill-considered, as you've stated refusal to comply with your duty to report.
...and Esme got there first.
Okay, I just ran across the related post. Psych facilities are their own world, and I would pretty much say you're SOL, assuming what you saw qualified as A&B. Knowing that 2 RNs and 2 aides have been assaulted & battered at our local facility, one resulting in a permanent spinal injury, because of the facility's "no intervention" policy with the residents, I have a feeling I might understand where the super was coming form; maybe not, but if the monkeys run the zoo, and know it, playing screwhead with them may be one of the last ways to retain some measure of control.
YMMV, I do not know your facility, this response is biased by personal experience, etc., etc..Last edit by Rob72 on Jun 7, '12
- 0Jun 8, '12 by FlareI was going to make a similar suggestion, Morte. My hospital has risk management that can be called and anonymous reports can be made if desired. There is also a very clear cut non-retaliation policy in place. Beyond that you would be covered by whistle blower laws in place federally. I understand not wanting to get involved, and am glad that you are going to fulfill your duty to advocate for your patient and report abuse.
- 0Jul 20, '12 by algebra_demystifiedAfter I turned in the supervisor to the DON, she went around to my coworkers and solicited letters of complaint about me. She got a nice thick stack of them, sat me down, and wrote me up. I had to go four weeks with no med errors. What constitutes a med error in this place is sort of murky. If I filed an incident report on every med error I saw all I would do all day is fill out incident reports. It's a setup. Even the best med nurses in this hospital make a mistake or two every day.
A little time passed and I noticed that supervisor still on the schedule as a supervisor. There's more, but I want to cover my tracks a little. Horrified at this turn of events, I took myself off the schedule for a while. Word apparently got around, and the administration took notice. I recently found out that that DON got canned, and that the hospital is aggressively pursuing new leadership on the floor.
I had a chance to meet with the new DON a few days ago and let her know I was happy to see a change in leadership. She knew exactly what I was talking about.