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Ask Me If I'm Safe At Home

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by Ruby Vee Ruby Vee, BSN (Member) Nurse Verified

Ruby Vee has 40 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

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Ask your patient if she is safe at home -- even if her husband is handsome and charming, well-dressed and well spoken. Ask even if you know her husband, he's the life of the party or you've worked with him for years. Ask because maybe you've only met Dr. Jekyll; she may be living with Mr. Hyde

hppygr8ful has 15 years experience and specializes in Psych, Addictions, Elder Care, L&D.

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Such a powerful statement of resilience! Hugs 

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TheMoonisMyLantern has 12 years experience as a ADN, LPN, RN and specializes in Mental health, substance abuse, geriatrics, PCU.

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Your story is a testimony to your tenacity and strength. Thank you for sharing this chapter of your life with us, it is truly inspirational. I'm so glad you left that situation and are far away from his cruelty now. 

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Here.I.Stand has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro.

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As always, thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.  

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Pepper The Cat has 33 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Gerontology.

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Thank you for sharing Ruby

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RNNPICU has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PICU.

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Wow.. Thank you for sharing. You are a true survivor. I wonder if the question about safety at home were asked also in a different way it might bring out some other truths?

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Emergent has 25 years experience.

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That sounds awful. 

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Thank you for sharing . Sending hugs 

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LibraSunCNM has 10 years experience as a MSN and specializes in OB.

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I'm so sad for what you've gone through but happy to hear you're in a better place.  "Do you feel safe at home?" has always been my standard entry into domestic violence screening---glad you feel that's the best initial question.

How has it been since leaving, in terms of feeling safe?  Does your husband know where you live?  Did you have to get a restraining order?

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Mercymercy has 4 years experience.

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Thank you for sharing your story. It's a real eye opener and really means alot. 

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ShadowNurse has 3 years experience and specializes in Pediatrics.

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Thank you so much for this. I grew up with the handsome, charming father who was a monster in private. And the mother who was an RN, and a SANE to boot. Nothing could possibly be going on in our house.

They were wrong.

Thank you again for your resilience and courage.

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