Nurses in Kennedy Clash Speak Out - page 2

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"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 leave the Northern Westchester... Read More


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    So, is it any surprise that this is where our "customer service" culture is getting us.
    I agree, some customer service is fine , but many helath care organizations are trying to push the "customer is always right" theme and that just doesn't work if you want improved patient outcomes. I am all for patient-centered care but there have to be limitations and rules.
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    Quote from rita359
    So, is it any surprise that this is where our "customer service" culture is getting us. His attitude is that I can do what I want and you have no right to stop me. He is 44 and can't be called a kid anymore but obviously has a "spoiled brat" attitude. It won't be just Kennedys but everybody (almost) who will be like this sooner than later.
    Thank you for mentioning the "Customer Service" culture!!! You are absolutely correct. When hospitals turned into hotels, professional nurses turned into wait and service staff, and when patients turned into customers who were always right, healthcare changed. Something is very wrong with our system when the results of a Press-Gainey survey, courting the Rich and Famous, and being EXPECTED to take physical, emotional and sexual abuse matter more than common sense and good nursing care.

    And for the record, Kennedy's idiot of a wife is just as responsible for this melee.
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    needless to say, everyone has to adhere to the rules and regulations of any medical facility, no matter what your status in life is or last name may be period!!!
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    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....

    http://www.ena.org/IENR/Documents/St...and 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.

    http://news.nurse.com/article/20101122/NY02/111220017

    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. www.nysut.org


    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.

    ďProviding 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 itís time to speak up about the violence they experience on the job,Ē said Tina Gerardi, MS, RN, CAE, Nurses Association CEO. ďAny 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 - timesunion.com - 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.
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    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?
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    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.....
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    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.
    Redriot, barbyann, lindarn, and 9 others like this.
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    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.
    Redriot, country mom, lindarn, and 9 others like this.
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    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.
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    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.
    Redriot, lindarn, anotherone, and 5 others like this.


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