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- Just because he's alert and oriented doesn't mean he isn't mentally unstable. Someone can be A and O x3 and still be crazy as all get out. This seems like more than just a language barrier to me. I'm doubtful there's anything a nurse could do legally. If he was living in a nursing home, I don't think he can be held responsible for his actions.
- Quote from nurse ollienurse ollie, I am so sorry for you loss. I could not even imagine. Your former employer was completely out of line.I would have gone to the ER as suggested by superiors. I would have filed charges of assault against the patient. You did nothing wrong.
I was hit by a patient while being a patient in a hospital. I pressed and charges and that patient was able to receive appropriate the care he needed. The second time I was hit very hard in my stomach. I lost our first child. I was very young (22). They admin staff told me if I filed charges I would lose my job with references saying I wasn't a team player. I buried my child and QUIT.
Best of luck to you...
- Quote from loriangel14I don't get it, what good would calling the police do? If he lives in a nursing home, I'm sure they won't press charges. This wasn't some guy who just walked into the ER. This was an obviously confused LTC resident who was admitted to the hospital. Horrible that it happened, but he can't be held accountable for his actions.I would have called the police.
- Quote from BrandonLPNNursing home residents aren't responsible for their actions?Just because he's alert and oriented doesn't mean he isn't mentally unstable. Someone can be A and O x3 and still be crazy as all get out. This seems like more than just a language barrier to me. I'm doubtful there's anything a nurse could do legally. If he was living in a nursing home, I don't think he can be held responsible for his actions.
Totally agree, A+O*3≠competency.
- Aug 10, '12 by CarryThatWeightA little frustrated with some of these posters. This poor nurse gets slapped, and some of you try to point the finger at her by saying, "he deserves to receive care in a language he can understand" and that she should have assessed his mental status better?! He was slumped down in the bed, for heaven's sake. Did you want her to leave him all slumped down while she assessed him? Sometimes I feel like allnurses is not a supportive environment at all, as claimed. OP, I'm sorry that happened to you. If this man does not receive a legitimate psych diagnosis, I would absolutely press charges. That's not ok.
- The OP did everything she was supposed to. And I certainly hope there was some sort of follow up. A psych evaluation or increase in meds or something. But I just don't understand what good calling the police would do. I've been in nursing homes where aides and nurses have been injured by residents. It's rare but it does happen. Something is always done, paperwork is filled out, meds are increased, sometimes restraints are used. But we can't "press charges" against the patient. They wouldn't be living there in the first place if they were competent. Maybe it's different in a hospital, I don't know....