Physical Violence Against Nurses - page 2
Physical violence is an explosive epidemic, especially in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Workplace violence can be any act of physical violence, threats of physical violence, harassment,... Read More
2Jun 30, '12 by nerdtonurse?Folks, we are NOT paid to get hurt. Unless you've got meaningful security (as opposed to some guys over 80 that you'd worry they'd fall and break a hip), call 911. Tell administration they were threatening other patients and you didn't want that to be in the paper. They don't care about us, so make it about something they do care about -- bad publicity if a visitor or other patient's injured.
2Jun 30, '12 by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from imintroubleAfter all, many (if not most) people in upper management view their hourly workers as replaceable cogs in a revenue-generating machine.Management would not be so quick to minimize assaults if they were the ones being attacked. But they're not. They're in their offices considering the reputation of the hospital, instead of the well being of their staff.
It's so sad and disgusting that profits are placed ahead of peoples' well-being.
0Jun 30, '12 by julianpWe had a consistantly violent resident, sent 3 employees to the hospital, and we requested he be moved to a State psych facility. Finally the DNS walked in his room one day and he broke her nose. Needless to say he was gone that night. We always joked that it takes a boss getting their ass handed to them for anything to happen. Guess we were right.
0Jun 30, '12 by amoLuciaQuote from julianpI, too, know that situations occurred where I worked in which the transfer out happened right after rowdy pts assaulted management.We had a consistantly violent resident, sent 3 employees to the hospital, and we requested he be moved to a State psych facility. Finally the DNS walked in his room one day and he broke her nose. Needless to say he was gone that night. We always joked that it takes a boss getting their ass handed to them for anything to happen. Guess we were right.
It is a sad commentary on the state of healthcare when tolerance of violence against staff is allowed by the Powers That Be. Another one of healthcare's dirty little secrets well kept. (Just read another post somewhere on AN today that talked about the 'dirty little secrets' so I'm acknowledging another author somewhere here on AN.)
0Jun 30, '12 by minnymii wonder how many assaults happen that aren't reported?
i had a friend who had taken a CNA class with me. she had been a CNA before, but let her certification expire. she was so friendly and you could tell she was really in it for the right reasons.
she sent me a text one night and was frantic because a patient punched her....and the charge nurse wanted her to go to employee health immediately for an exam + urine drug screen. she said she hadn't smoked marijuana in years, but a week prior to the assault she was with some friends and decide to participate so she "took a few hits." not the wisest decision, but we're all human, and besides.....what in the heck does that have to do with getting punched by a patient?
i'd be willing to bet there are plenty of assaults that go unreported for this very reason. it might not be marijuana, but lortab or valium even if it's prescribed and wasn't taken on the job will show up in your system for a little while. so, you can either risk reporting the assault and losing your job....or just take the hit...literally.
my friend is still in healthcare. actually, a doctor who observed her working at the hospital was so impressed with her "magnetic personality" and interaction with the staff and patients that he had one of his employee's call and offer her a job at his office that only employees LPNs. i'm not condoning that nurses use substances on the job whether they're legal or illegal, but the fact that a nurse has to be drug tested when assaulted by a patient is absurd IMO, and i'm sure it has an impact on the number of actual cases vs. reported cases of assaults.