Our doctors are consistently accepting elderly dementia patients on our psych unit. These patients are then in amongst other patients with psychosis and other psych problems. The dementia patients often become violent towards the nurses. We are not allowed to use a geri chair, and basically have no way of keeping them save. The patients are a huge fall and violence risk. The other patients become afraid and agitated. Dementia patients are often 1:1 with one nurse. Thus far we've had 8 nurses injured from being punched. Two nurses now have back injuries, due to the patient falling to the ground and the nurse having to catch him.
Does anyone else experience this problem? And what do you do about it?