Nurses in Kennedy Clash Speak Out

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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 Hospital with his newborn baby last month said they were only doing their jobs when they say they were assaulted by the son of Robert F. Kennedy.

    Nurse Anna Margaret Lane told NBC New York Wednesday Kennedy twisted her arm when she tried to prevent Kennedy, 44, from leaving the maternity unit on Jan. 7. She said Kennedy's efforts to take his baby boy off the maternity ward floor was in violation of hospital policy, and that she and other nurses repeatedly asked Kennedy to stop carrying the baby around the hallways.

    "That man assaulted me for doing my job," said Lane, still upset over her run-in with Kennedy and his three-day-old baby.


    Full Story with surveillance video:
    Exclusive: Nurses in Kennedy Clash Speak Out

    Related thread: RFK Son Accused of Fighting Nurses at NY Hospital

    Nurses, what are your thoughts on this story?
    Last edit by Joe V on Mar 2, '12
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    Please do not merge this thread.
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    Quote from brian
    "the violent acts of one man have changed my perspective," said the nurse who was allegedly kicked by the son of robert f. kennedy



    [color=#333333]the nurses who confronted douglas kennedy as[color=#1259a6] he tried to le[color=#1259a6]ave the northern westchester hospital with his newborn baby last month said they were only doing their jobs when they say they were assaulted by the son of robert f. kennedy.
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    nurse anna margaret lane told nbc new york wednesday kennedy twisted her arm when she tried to prevent kennedy, 44, from leaving the maternity unit on jan. 7. she said kennedy's efforts to take his baby boy off the maternity ward floor was in violation of hospital policy, and that she and other nurses repeatedly asked kennedy to stop carrying the baby around the hallways.
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    "that man assaulted me for doing my job," said lane, still upset over her run-in with kennedy and his three-day-old baby.
    full story with surveillance video:
    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/douglas-kennedy-northern-westchester-hospital-nurses-speak-anna-margaret-lane-cari-maleman-luciano-140977053.html

    related thread: rfk son accused of fighting nurses at ny hospital

    nurses, what are your thoughts on this story?
    for the safety of this baby and all babies, we nurses have to abide by hospital policies. who cares if this guy is a powerful kennedy...for all we know, he was abducting the infant?
    i am a nurse and a mom, and i had no problem with the hospital's policy where my son was born. no babies shall be carried in the halls. we had to use the little bassinet on wheels. everyone had to wear id badges or a guest sticker. thank you, nurses, for attempting to keep this baby and all babies safe.
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    If police officers would have been assaulted like this, the media would be handling this differently I'm sure. Nurses and other health professionals need to be protected from assaults as well.
    Guttercat, OR-RN2011, RH-CC2011, and 27 others like this.
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    Since everything I'd like to say after seeing the video violates my no-cursing-during-Lent rule, all I really can offer is the hope that the courts will make an example of this piece of work, and show the public once and for all that bullying, hitting, threatening, beating, kicking, and otherwise abusing nurses is unacceptable no matter who you are.
    OR-RN2011, BCgradnurse, Bella'sMyBaby, and 24 others like this.
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    Well said VivaLasViejas! It's quite clear to me from the video that the nurse was assaulted and clearly he is not following the nurses and hospital policy, running around trying his best to flat out not listen to the nurses who are attempting to enforce the maternity ward policy.

    I'm glad to see the hospital standing by their nurses' actions! Kudos to the hospital, I'd like to hear what the hospital has to say about the ER Doc (Kennedy's Friend) who is trying to blame the nurses?
    OR-RN2011, anotherone, BCgradnurse, and 13 others like this.
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    i posted this on my allnurses facebook page:

    " i was appalled by the way the nurses were treated. and more so by the coverage this kennedy's actions got on tv. the news commentators were ambivalent, and seemed to back him up. they should have been loudly and repeatedly defending the nurses. i didn't hear a single news story that mentioned infants are a hospital's responsibility until they are discharged. hospitals go to great lengths to prevent newborn kidnappings. all i saw was a man in a pullover, carrying a newborn to an elevator, followed by a man in scrubs.
    if the nurses had agreed, and mr. kennedy had gone outside with his son, what would have happened if he had fallen, or someone tried to snatch the baby from him? he would be singing a different tune, and blaming the hospitall for letting him take his son outside.

    the infant could very easily have been exposed to unknown contaminants or illnesses. and brought in god-knows-what germs.

    mr. kennedy has a lifetime of 'taking his son out for some fresh air'. shame on him."

    and kudos to the courageous nurses who tried to stand their ground, and do what was right, in spite of who this bully thought he was.
    NightOwl0624, anotherone, BCgradnurse, and 16 others like this.
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    just saw the video...WOW. all i take from it is hearing everyone say - the nurses fault, the nurses were the aggressors. there are alot of dangers in this field. but you have to salute those nurses for standing their ground. oh, yeah. i thought these maternity wards were supposed to be locked units. meaning no one gets out, without authorization.
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    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.
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    The media has again taken liberty of its political bias by insinuating that the nurses "were the only aggressors", painting Kennedy as a victim. This man and his attitude disgust me as a citizen.

    I salute those nurses for standing by policy regardless of Kennedy's self-righteous attitude about taking the baby out for "fresh air" (in New York?, in winter?, newborn? Really?). As a nurse of over 12 years, the evolvement of entitlement in today's society has become more evident to me. Kennedy seems to think that having been born into that family means that rules do not apply to him. There are no VIPs when it comes to patients (or their families) in my care, because I give the same high quality care whether they are homeless, uninsured, or hospital CEOs...it doesn't matter.

    I will be watching to see if this bullying and violence against the nurses is dealt with properly. Big kudos for the hospital for sticking by the nurses, big boo to the ER doc and family friend who should get disciplined, and kudos to all of us nurses for going out there and doing what we do regardless of people like Kennedy
    twinkletoes53, barbyann, anotherone, and 9 others like this.


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