A couple of months ago a cna who is a good friend of mione went to answer a bathroom call light when the patient attacked her. Noone knew of his pschotic episodes. It was about 2 am the family had just left to go to the cafeteria aand of course the wife had totally antagonaized the man(according to the roommate)
Linda (one of the nicest and best cna's ever worked with) answered the light and asked if the pt needed assistance. He was a large man about 300 lbs. The patient had 2 iv poles and really was not supposed to be out of bed w/o assistance. The man just came at her and ended up breaking heer nose jaw and three ribs. It took 5 people to get him off of her.
Well needless to say, this upset everyone, linda son threatned to sue but linda was told if they did then she would lose her pension she had worked for the last 17 years. And furthermore this patient has been treated out our facility 3x since this incident.
They had a townhall meeting (hospital meeting), the beloved presisent attended, we asked what are our rights? We were told they would have to consult their lawyers before they could answer this question.
Needless to say we are very upset, haven't contacted the pa nursing board yet to find out our rights, but if a patient comes at me job or no job, i will protect myself. My friend linda was lucky she was not killed.
Linda has since returned on another unit, but she is sstill traumatized, she acts similar to a woman who had been raped.
I wish i could give heer more answers.
I worked with a nurse nites on Ortho. After walking in a room at the beginning of her rounds she had a male pt. in DT's (unknown to her)....who was hiding behind the door, and jumped on her back. She was a petite woman, ...the man was over 200lbs. When she was finally able to come back to work, ...there were still times her back would give her problems. She was constantly subjected to threats d/t her recurring back problems from ADMIN, concerning the security of her position. She was and probably still is a good nurse. And through no fault of her own...must now deal with chronic back pain, AND the fear of losing her job because of it She even tried to get into areas that wouldn't put a strain on her back, but was turned down each time. How sad for a single mom trying to make a living
I have also meet other nurse who have been hurt on the job, and the facility took good care of her. They managed to be compassionate, understanding, and patience as this nurse healed. On return to work, changes were made to decrease or eliminate the problems felt to have contributed to her injury. Maybe that is why this place had so many good, experienced nurses with good attitudes toward their work. I guess being caring, and understanding...is just too difficult a concept for some facilites to grasp.
Last edit by Brownms46 on Feb 26, '02