Nurse presses charges against ER pt and wins

  1. Locally an ER nurse pressed charges against a pt for groping her while she attempted to draw his blood. Can't post the story or link as it's a pay subscription-only news site, but wanted to send out a "good for her!" Pt was found guilty this week for misdemeanor battery. I don't know how much flack she may have taken from TPTB regarding pressing these charges, but I suspect they weren't supportive. This wasn't about money - none involved, but I'm proud of her for standing up.
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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from nurse ratched
    locally an er nurse pressed charges against a pt for groping her while she attempted to draw his blood. can't post the story or link as it's a pay subscription-only news site, but wanted to send out a "good for her!" pt was found guilty this week for misdemeanor battery. i don't know how much flack she may have taken from tptb regarding pressing these charges, but i suspect they weren't supportive. this wasn't about money - none involved, but i'm proud of her for standing up.
    good for that nurse! i sure hope she still has a job! i can't imagine tptb standing up for their staff -- in my long and geographically varied career, i've never run into an institution that would have!
    ruby
  4. by   Katnip
    Good for her! It's about time we start standing up to the harrassment we get from patients.


    I don't know what TPTB is, so I can't comment on that.
  5. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from cyberkat
    good for her! it's about time we start standing up to the harrassment we get from patients.


    i don't know what tptb is, so i can't comment on that.
    the powers that be
  6. by   Katnip
    Ahhh. Ok thanks. I thought it was a specific medical facility.
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    Great for her! It's the principle not the money I am sure.
  8. by   URO-RN
    Good for her! I would of done the same thing.:hatparty: :hatparty: :hatparty:
  9. by   purplemania
    Good for her! We should encourage one another to take a stand.
  10. by   ayndim
    Good for her.
  11. by   Antikigirl
    Awesome! I had a patient grope at all the CNA's and RN's in my facility...but I was told not to make a stink about it because he "couldn't help it" or "he has dementia...give him a break".

    But this guy KNEW what he was doing...and knew who he could get away with it with! To me that isn't so much dementia as purposeful harrasment.

    The patient did pass away before anyone really created a charge against him, but one CNA that did threaten to press charges was fired that day! She was fondled in the breasts putting his O2 tubing on..and he said "oops...silly me *giggle*". Then tweeked her nipple saying *beep beep*!!!

    What does protect us from sexual harrassment of patients, especially ones that may have dementia issues or other excuses (valid or not) like 'on narcotics' or "not in their right mind'..or my favorite "you just imagined it..I am sure it was nothing...don't create problems!"....
  12. by   Grace Oz
    Perverts need to be prosecuted!
    I never did, and don't now, buy the old arguments about the pt being demented, 'on narcotics', etc. I've nursed many who are all those things over the years, but those pt's never accousted me or other staff.
    No, once a pervert, always a pervert. They need to learn that it's NEVER ok or acceptable to act inappropriately.
  13. by   clee1
    Every rare once-in-awhile, it pays to be a man.

    If somebody gropes ME whilst I'm trying to draw blood/start an IV, I may "accidentally" stab them with the needle.
  14. by   sergelpn
    If we could only get back at some of "OUR" patients..wouldn't it be just wonderful Good for any nurse that can prove and win..Good going

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