What’s one of America’s most dangerous jobs? It’s not what you think

  1. When it comes to attacks, more than 75 percent of the nurses questioned in a recent survey said they had been abused — physically and verbally, by patients, those trying to get to patients or family members — on the job.
    Our society honors and celebrates the sacrifices of officers and warriors, but nurses are still fighting for protection, standards and recognition.
    Not surprising, in a profession that’s 93 percent female.
    What’s one of America’s most dangerous jobs? It’s not what you think. - The Washington Post
    Last edit by Brian S. on Sep 19
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   AtomicWoman
    I am surprised there are no other comments on this story yet. Especially coming so soon after the story of the Utah nurse who was assaulted for protecting her patient from an illegal blood draw. I found this article horrifying and depressing. Are nurses so used to abuse that it seems almost "normal" to us?
  4. by   herring_RN
    Quote from AtomicWoman
    I am surprised there are no other comments on this story yet. Especially coming so soon after the story of the Utah nurse who was assaulted for protecting her patient from an illegal blood draw. I found this article horrifying and depressing. Are nurses so used to abuse that it seems almost "normal" to us?
    Last month there was a thread on the topic:
    There's an epidemic of violence towards nurses, and a cultural acceptance of abusive behavior. Why is violence towards nurses so pervasive?
    Violence in Nursing
  5. by   Ben_Dover
    I personally and professionally think that one of the problems why nurses can't fight back is because the "employers" or the CEOS or the BOARDS do not support their employees if or when a patient started acting-out aggressively. Instead of backing up hospital employees, it seems like they're protecting the patients just to keep their business!

    Big hospitals are now wanting to treat our patients as if they are staying at a 5 star hotel. It's sickening.
  6. by   Trackstar1
    I'm no ones punching bag and am not afraid to tell people this when they threaten me. Yes I've been reported and I've told administration the same thing, that I have the right to defend myself like everyone else and when that day comes they can choose to keep or fire me....I haven't been fired yet.

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