I have encountered a few violent patients in hospital settings. I've worked in many many settings, and i personally have only encountered violent patients in hospitals.
The bulk of this small group i desribe, were head-injury or neuro patients, or dementia patients, etc, not like 'normal' people who were just honked off, but people who were not in their right mind. I got slapped more on the neuro units i worked, than i ever did in the ER.
Was not often, though, at all.
A few things to comfort you
Such patients are usually easy to spot
and once it is known, that Mr Jones will grab at you if you touch him, we develop care plans
and safety plans to prevent anyone being grabbed by Mr Jones, and never send in just one nurse to do anything with Mr Jones.
You are not alone.
You will have experienced staffers all around, within shouting distance (IF it ever ever gets to that) or usually, directly beside you.
Every hospital has security staff
, who are almost invariably most adept at securing whoever or whatever.
but most importantly, it's rare. Some areas might be way less prone to this, than others.
Like, Outpatient surgery centers, almost never ever get anyone violent, as those are usually planned, screened patients who are there voluntarily.
and sometimes, it's even funny-ish. ONce, long ago, me and my favorite sidekick, CNA Tillie, were doing rounds together, and my itty bitty, teeny tiny 90 year old demented lady, was, frankly, being ignored as Tille and I chatted while we turned her, etc. (mistake, probably)
Now, i am squatting down, on balls of my feet, emptying patients foley bag into a container to measure her urine,
and Tillie is on other side of bed, and has her back to me, as she is writing something down.
That lil sneaky patient, was watching me, and took her little tiny bony leg, and positioned it juuuuust so,
and stuck her lil bony leg out between the side rails, and kicked me.
Now, it was NOT a hard kick,
but, i was up on the balls of my feet, squatting down, so i got knocked completely over. Only thing that got hurt, was my pride, ha ha!!
Yes, that's right, an 80 lb 90 year older had me lying flat out on the floor!!
When Tillie turned around, and saw me laying on the floor, the two of us busted out laughing so so hard, we startled the poor patient. "Jean, this is no time or place to be taking a nap! Now come on!" and on and on, teasing me whole rest of the shift.
and yes, luckily, i HAD clipped the foley bag shut again, and did not spill the urine in the container, either, whew, right?
okay, i have other stories that weren't as funny as a teeny tinY ol lady decking her nurse completely onto the floor, but, that one was funny.