Staff Abuse

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    Any feedback or recourse for staff abuse by patients?

    I have worked as a travel nurse in 3 State hospitals in NC.
    This last one I am working at has had more staff being jumped and beaten by patients than anywhere else I have ever worked at or have heard about . All of the other nurses that have worked elsewhere agree.
    We have had Doctors being choked to death and a collar bone broken.
    We had a female nurse who was jumped and choked and her glasses broken.
    A young female HCT who was choked to the point of being unconcious and blue.
    This is not just randon , and there are many more incidents that I am not describing here. I do understand that psychiatry can be risky and violent.
    This has been beyond that.
    There are many incidents of staff abuse that we have seen and I am wondering if there is any recourse other than quiting which really doesnt address or solve the problem.
    This is a major issue and although i am not able to discuss this on a deeper level the fact is we are all very concerned and it doesnt seem that this is being adressed in a proactive way.
    Thank you
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    Don't they have haldol/ativan in your hospital?
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    Sounds like there is a security deficit in those facilities! Also - in IL, a mentally ill patient was successfully prosecuted and placed in a locked Dept of Corrections facility after choking an RN and causing permanent brain damage.
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    i think i know exactly which hospital in NC you are talking about... i did my mental health rotation there. had a HCT get his eye knocked out one night, another night a female HCT almost raped and a patient stab another patient with a shank he made from a pencil. there is a huge lack of security there and staffing is always an issue. there is a plan of closing it down by next march.... which is even kinda more frightening, cause they dont have a place for all those people to go.....
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    So, sad and tragic.
    Inpatient psych first rule of thumb is safety first...otherwise, it is all moot and counter therapeutic/productive.
    If reforms in basic safety cannot be met, best the facility close...for all's sake.
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    I use to work in state psych hospitals. I saw too many staff members get injured. One male nurse got a large part of his nose bit off by a male patient. Another nurse got a "permanent limp" after being attacked by a female patient. I lucked out. I got out without being killed or seriously injured. I will never ever work in a psych hospital again. It's not worth it period.
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    File a police report. Demand the hospital get bouncer type security. Restraint chairs such as used in jails for time out. Better medication/adjusted meds. Maybe be outfitted with tasers. After being tasered I don't think they'll do it again. Training for staff on self defense and some of the pressure points to help cease and desist. I'm so sorry these things are happening to staff. It really is criminal.
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    Thank you all for your feedback. I guess its like a bad marriage. You cannot always expect your partner to change but you can certainly re vist things and implement changes on your own behalf. Which I will do.
    Thank you all again
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    Although I mainly work in Med/Surg, I an MAB certified (Management of Assaultive Behavior) as I do float to adolescent behavioral medicine from time to time. I was taught in the MAB class and our hospitals unwritten rule is that if a patient is threatening your life or if you are in danger of severe bodily harm, staff are to do whatever is possible to safe their life and limb. If this means punching a patient or kicking them for a free second to run and seek safety, it is acceptable in a life or death situation. I once had a really big teenager punch me in the face so hard i had a bloody nose. In that situation when staff is being assualted and no help is immediately available, DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO.
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    Which hospitals? Im due to start working in NC as a traveler in Feb and you guys have me worried. I've worked state hospitals before VA and NYC and havent had problems with patient violence. Then again Ive worked forensics where security is a lot tighter.
    How about pressing charges I think staff needs to be more proactive and go through the legal process to make sure these patients face some consequence.


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