Nurses in Kennedy Clash Speak Out - page 2

"The violent acts of one man have changed my perspective," said the nurse who was allegedly kicked by the son of Robert F. Kennedy The nurses who confronted Douglas Kennedy as he tried to... Read More

  1. by   Esme12
    Every time I see this I get angrier and angrier. There ARE laws or pending legislation in all 50 states addressing the assault on nurses making it a felony and New York's passed in 2010. The problem here is getting a facility to back the nurses good enough and to press those charges.

    Here is a link to the laws of the 50 states.... Felony.pdf

    With the Violence Against Nurses law, nurses join the already protected groups of police officers, firefighters and emergency responders. A physical attack against an RN or LPN on duty is a Class D felony, subject to a maximum of seven years in prison.

    Nurses gain legal protection from assault NYSUT Newswire - August 18, 2010

    Both registered and licensed practical nurses in New York are now protected by law from assault while on duty because of a bill that was signed this week. The new law makes it a class C and D felony for a person causing physical injury to a nurse

    "Nurses gain legal protection from assault." August 18, 2010. NYSUT: A Union of Professionals.

    From the New York State Nurses Association, which represents 37,000 RNs statewide:
    Nurses who report to work often face acts of violence while caring for patients. Hospitals have characteristics that create unsafe working environments, including the unrestricted movement by the general public through facilities. Gang members, drug or alcohol abusers, trauma patients, mentally ill patients and distraught family members may create additional risks. Understaffed units lead to isolated work with patients during exams or treatment. Shift work often requires nurses to arrive and leave hospitals during darkness, increasing the risk of assault. Additionally, nursing is a female-dominated profession that has not been considered as dangerous as traditionally male-dominated professions, such as law enforcement or emergency medical response.

    "Providing for a felony charge against those who assault an RN or LPN at work will encourage employers to take action to address violence that occurs in the workplace and signals to nurses that it's time to speak up about the violence they experience on the job," said Tina Gerardi, MS, RN, CAE, Nurses Association CEO. "Any deterrent that encourages a potential attacker to think before they assault a nurse on duty is a positive step towards increased safety for everyone

    Hurt a nurse, go to jail - The Pulse - - Albany NY

    Why hasn't that man been charged with the felony that he deserves.........Oh Yeah! that's right he's a Kennedy and like his Uncle Teddy they don't get charged with felonies....unlesss you're only a cousin.
  2. by   dudette10
    What I can't believe is that commenters on the online news stories which show all the tapes (elevator and hallways) are STILL siding with Kennedy.

    Are they blind to what happened? Do they not see that Kennedy's actions were just downright bizarre?
  3. by   country mom
    Fresh air? In New York City? And who takes a 2-day old newborn outside for a walk- in JANUARY- in a COLD climate? It's just the little swaddling blanket and hat from the nursery. Shameful! If the media commentators agree with that, then they are terminally stupid. I smell a skunk.....I think he was up to no good, and got caught.....
  4. by   imintrouble
    These nurses lived up to the responsibility of protecting their pt. They made the decision to endure the physical assault of a grown man to do the right thing. I can only hope that if I'm ever faced with such a situation, that I can be as proud of my response, as I am proud of theirs.

    The fact that every person who views the surveillance tape, can't see the obvious courage and dedication to profession is beyond me.
  5. by   bsnanat2
    My first response to this story was "I'm glad I wasn't working there that day" because I believe very much in being diplomatic about a situation UNTIL you become violent towards me and/or a coworker. I'm sure MY RESPONSE to another man kicking another nurse would've been the headline. Kennedy and this ER doc are worthless as people and even more worthless as men. The ANA and every state nurse's associations should do a publicity blitz and attack this issue and incident, backing the hospital and the nurses. I should not be able to turn on my TV without hearing some nurse somewhere explaining why this guy and this incident are wrong and why these nurses should be applauded for doing what they did. People need to know WHY theses policies are in place.
  6. by   caliotter3
    Yeah, so being assaulted by someone rich and important makes the assault ok? I also applaud the nurses for standing their ground. It must have been especially difficult being that they knew who they were dealing with.
  7. by   Flare
    I can't believe that the criticism is on the nurses that were doing their jobs and not on the blatant violation of hospital policy and lapse of good judgement and common sense by Kennedy. These people need a harsh reminder that they are not above the rules or laws simply because they have cushy trust funds.

    Something just seems so off about this whole scenario.
  8. by   ♑ Capricorn ♑
    Douglas Kennedy states,
    It is sickening to think our simple desire to take our son outside for fresh air has been warped into a charge of child endangerment.
    No sympathy here, Bub. Not only did you risk endangering your child's health by taking him outside for some fresh air, but also by falling down the stairs while in the process of kicking that poor nurse who didn't deserve to be assaulted in the first place.

    Honestly, Dougie-poo, where is your common sense? Didn't Mama Rose teach you anything? Your parents and Uncle(s) must be rolling in their graves about this.

    Your newborn infant is in a fragile state in which he requires care. Taking the baby outside just because you feel like it or you think its best for the baby, shows a lack of thought and judgement. Your grounds are unfounded. Your excuse is a poor one. And, frankly I side with the nurses, and applaud the hospital for standing up for the nurses.
  9. by   SHGR
    My favorite part that I read of these accounts was, the nurse reaching out to steady the infant's BOBBING HEAD. Sounds like new Daddy wasn't even carrying the kid in a safe or protective manner before trying to run out the door and kicking nurses.

    Now these hero nurses have PTSD type of symptoms too, and it just breaks my heart. Maybe if fancypants ER doc had stopped to tend to their possible injuries? I don't have "friends" like that and I hope none of the rest of the AN community does either.
  10. by   nerdtonurse?
    That's battery, plain and simple. He needs to be treated no different than some who walked up and kicked a complete stranger. Arrest him, charge him, trial, and jail. And that ER doc? God, he must be just lovely to work with.

    I wonder what a tox screen would have showed on Daddy...

    I love how the lawyer is saying the nurses violated HIPAA -- Dad wasn't a patient, he was just a jerk with money.
  11. by   maelstrom143
    I do not understand why the police has not filed assault and battery charges against the Kennedy. We are healthcare professionals. We are paid to take care of the patient, not to be used as punching bags by any cretin who decides he has a right to do whatever he pleases. I would definitely want to see some kind of justice done to protect the healthcare workers.
  12. by   Bortaz, RN
    The single most offensive quote from this article, and makes me want to punch this wanker in the nose:

    "As these two people and their personal injury attorney continue their campaign to smear the good name of Mr. Kennedy, one question remains: how much money are they looking for? Though they won't publicly ask, we'll answer: They won't get a penny." lawyer Robert Gottlieb said.
  13. by   leslie :-D
    i keep on asking myself, why was it soooo important that dad had to bring out his newborn (w/o a coat) outside, that it necessitated physical offense/defense on his part?
    why did he make it into the ordeal that it now is???
    this goes far beyond wanting to get fresh air for his kid.
    far beyond.
    i wouldn't be a bit surprised to learn that his wife is a battered and abused woman.

    the guy's an idiot, pure and simple.