Kennedy suing Nurses - page 3

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Douglas Kennedy sues Northern Westchester Hospital, nurses in newborn incident Less than two months after being acquitted on charges of endangering his 2-day-old son and harassing nurses who attempted to stop him from taking... Read More


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    I'll bet the hospital is wishing they'd pushed assault charges when they had the chance. Appeasement doesn't usually work with the privileged.

    My thoughts are with the nurses. I would have done the same thing.
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    Quote from funfunfun550
    People break rules all the time. Let it go people...I am not stopping a parent unless I thought the childs life was in mortal danger.I have seen plenty parents do and we have to just allow them to do what they want or we are reported by the family and the next thing you know you have no job.This is what it has come too. Family dictated care....no one follows rules unless they like them. Some people just plain old like a power struggle. Many have lost alot of choices while stuck in a hospital...so they act out. I would have stepped aside and let him go where he wanted.
    My only time on a maternity ward (other than my early infancy of course ) was my rotation on the unit during nursing school. All I can say is that there was no breaking of the rules. If a parent was trying to take a baby off the unit in a 'unauthorized' manner, every staff member on duty would come running to the unit door. There was a proper procedure for taking a baby out of the unit and it was followed 100% of the time. Now, I'm sure this is not how it is handled on all maternity units; however, I think it's a cop out to just say "ah, people break rules, just let them go ahead." We'll see where that attitude goes when a baby is abducted or otherwise harmed when taken outside.
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    Quote from psu_213
    My only time on a maternity ward (other than my early infancy of course ) was my rotation on the unit during nursing school. All I can say is that there was no breaking of the rules. If a parent was trying to take a baby off the unit in a 'unauthorized' manner, every staff member on duty would come running to the unit door. There was a proper procedure for taking a baby out of the unit and it was followed 100% of the time. Now, I'm sure this is not how it is handled on all maternity units; however, I think it's a cop out to just say "ah, people break rules, just let them go ahead." We'll see where that attitude goes when a baby is abducted or otherwise harmed when taken outside.
    Yep, that's about how it is. You just don't take a baby outside unless you've been discharged.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Ok, didn't know there was a video. Just watched it, and Kennedy clearly attacked the nurse. The written story made it sound like they collided against each other and both fell down. That's what I was basing my above comment on. This was clearly assault and paints a different picture.
    Yeah, and Terry Schiavo's parents had a video that made it look like she was reacting and responding to her parents talking and gesturing to her. I'm not defending Kennedy -- I have no idea what really happened and no opinion either way; I'm just surprised that so many people are so sure they do know what happened.
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    I find this entire incident a bit confusing. As I understand it a father attempted to take his two-day-old baby outside the hospital for a breath of fresh air. Unless there was a raging blizzard outside or the baby had a medical condition that required that he or she received constant medical attention I don't see why a properly clad baby wouldn't benefit from a brief outdoors visit.

    Were the nurses not aware that the man trying to leave with the baby was the father? If they thought it was a stranger I can certainly understand why they'd attempt to physically stop him (in addition to alerting security/the police), if they knew it was the father then I can not. I don't know the specifics of this case and I certainly wasn't there when it took place so I'm only speculating about the facts. Was it against hospital policy to leave before discharge? Was it illegal to do so? If it was against hospital policy but not against the law were staff in order to enforce hospital policy encouraged to or required to physically restrain a parent about to leave with his or her baby?
    If that was the case then I believe that the nurses and other staff were put in an untenable situation.
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    I agree with klone, you donít take a baby off the floor unless discharged. Isnít it normal hospital protocol to put alarms on the baby to prevent kidnapping? And this alarm only comes off upon discharge?
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    Nope its not unless they are new borns
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    Security is tight on every maternity ward I've ever heard of. In birthing classes they make it very clear that the newborn is not allowed out of the unit until the baby is officially discharged. In most hospitals the newborn and mom both have ID bracelets and they are checked and rechecked each time the infant is removed from the nursery. Most hospitals took these measure to prevent infants from being kidnapped from the hospital.

    Kennedy was an absolute yahoo. What he did was the equivalent of just walking through airport security and pushing past security agents as they tried to stop him.


    Quote from macawake
    I find this entire incident a bit confusing. As I understand it a father attempted to take his two-day-old baby outside the hospital for a breath of fresh air. Unless there was a raging blizzard outside or the baby had a medical condition that required that he or she received constant medical attention I don't see why a properly clad baby wouldn't benefit from a brief outdoors visit.

    Were the nurses not aware that the man trying to leave with the baby was the father? If they thought it was a stranger I can certainly understand why they'd attempt to physically stop him (in addition to alerting security/the police), if they knew it was the father then I can not. I don't know the specifics of this case and I certainly wasn't there when it took place so I'm only speculating about the facts. Was it against hospital policy to leave before discharge? Was it illegal to do so? If it was against hospital policy but not against the law were staff in order to enforce hospital policy encouraged to or required to physically restrain a parent about to leave with his or her baby?
    If that was the case then I believe that the nurses and other staff were put in an untenable situation.
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    I live in rural Oklahoma and saw the video footage several times on the news. What he did was odd and inappropriate, by any standards. The nurses didn't file their suit for $200,000, as far as I know, so they apparently had a reality check.

    My guess is that he's a laughing stock now (as he should be) and filed the lawsuit against the nurses to make himself feel better. Hope he gets his rear kicked in court.

    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Well, this is a nursing message board, so it's to be expected most would side with the nurses. With that said, I totally agree with the sentiment that, unless we were there, we don't know the full story. Theres a distinct "guilty until proven innocent" mentality in this country that i find disturbing. From what I read, it sounds just as likely that the two nurses were trying to cash in on Kennedy, hoping he would just settle out of court. I mean, come on, the nurses wanted to sue him first for $200k. For what? Both the nurse and Kennedy fell to the ground as he tried to force past her and she lunged at him. Sounds like a mutual lapse of judgement to me. No one was hurt. How was this "physical and emotional damage" entitling the nurse to $200k??
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    Quote from elkpark
    Yeah, and Terry Schiavo's parents had a video that made it look like she was reacting and responding to her parents talking and gesturing to her. I'm not defending Kennedy -- I have no idea what really happened and no opinion either way; I'm just surprised that so many people are so sure they do know what happened.
    Oh, I agree with the sentiment. As a society, we are too easily swayed by schmaltzy news stories. They play the "he's eeeevil" music in the background, and suddenly the suspect (key word SUSPECT) is a monster. In the mind of the public the burden of proof seems to lie on the accused. Which, of course, is backwards..... But in this case, if you watch the video, Kennedy trips the nurse from behind. Hard to imagine a scenario where this isn't him at fault....
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