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 judgment is atrocious.
Unfortunately for me, I saw how likely it was for other hospital staff to be injured in the ensuing drama, so I did what I had to do to make sure nobody else got hurt. In the process, I did some things that were obviously bad calls... I said at the time to stop what was going on, deescalate, leave the room, don't do this or that, but the supervisor had their Supervisor bullhorn out and was shouting orders.
This facility has covered for that person in the past. That supervisor has been reported for executing an S&R event and not bothering with the paperwork. They let it slide. There have been numerous other incidents where the patient was provoked into certain behaviors by this supervisor, and this supervisor's friends covered.
Now I have other supervisors calling me on the phone and telling me that if I have concerns about this or that, that I should just write it down and turn it in without fear of retalliation. Oh please. Yeah, I should just do that. I should do that, kick the bear, and not think about my little kids at home and what happens when I show up at work to find all this supervisor's ******-off friends waiting for me to slip up somewhere so they can throw me under the bus. It's happened before at this facility.
Oh, and the new DON came to see me today and scheduled an hour long appointment for me to come and meet with her. Specifically about that event. At the time, I said I didn't want anything to do with that contagious garbage, don't mention my name, don't connect me with that in any way, don't make me pick up a pen because nobody's going to be happy if I start writing it down.
I really don't want to talk to the DON. The idea of it is making my skin crawl. Jobs aren't falling from the trees these days. I have other options. Two facilities have contacted me about similar positions, and 98% of me wants to just walk away and not do this. Like the DON is going to can this supervisor based on what somebody who's been at the hospital for six weeks has to say.
She's doing this under the auspices of "setting up a training session" for staff. I'm thinking about keeping the discussion strictly to training needs and equipment needs, and refuse to discuss the abuse incident until the DON can schedule a meeting that includes the supervisor so we can all lay our cards down together.
Jun 7, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
In some states if a nurse fails to report abuse she/he will be charged as well for you are just as involved for not reporting as if you abused yourself. I won't ask what your "obviously bad calls" were that may have you in a compromising position but if you aren't apart of the solution you are a part of the problem. You maybe 100% correct that this will also be your end and will be the "corrective action". But doing the right thing may not always be the easy thing to do......it's the right thing to do.
The choice is your to make. I wish you the best.
Last edit by Esme12 on Jun 7, '12
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