Patient abuse - page 2

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

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    If 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
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    So did the facility actually "cover" for the supervisor before or the facility was stuck because just like this time, nobody would actually go on record to make the report?
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    To make a long story short, I got cornered at work by the DON. I'm going to give up the goods.
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    Good, I'm glad.
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    consider finding out the law firm hired for rish management, and writing them.
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    I 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.
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    you can also make an anonymous report to the bon and the state dept of health. that should shake up the hornet's nest pretty good, and they might not even know you did it.
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    Quote from algebra_demystified
    To make a long story short, I got cornered at work by the DON. I'm going to give up the goods.
    your pt thanks you.

    leslie
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    I put in my report that I will be following up with the BON in two weeks, and I mentioned that the CNO is a mandatory reporter. I think it's only fair that I give her a heads-up on this. It was so outlandish.

    Christ have mercy.
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    After 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.


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