Enraged (venting) - page 10

OK, I know y'all can relate... Tonight I received a 23yoM, out drinking and driving, hitting parked cars. He already has 2 felony DUI's on his records. He fought with fire department on scene... Read More

  1. by   GooeyRN
    So what ever happened with this story? Did the OP get into trouble?
  2. by   andhow5
    Hey all!

    I'm fine, and doing well. I never got in trouble for anything. I was given an "atta girl" for doing what I had to do to get away from the drunk and prevent myself from being hurt any further.

    Our facility places a slightly HIGHER value on the safety of our nurses as opposed to the drunks. Of course, they get the medical care they need (despite their drunken stupor, and combativeness) - and then they get shipped right on over to the pokey to have a nice long visit with the poe-poe.

    Thank you for the well wishes and support from the majority of you. And for those that are telling me I should have no right to defend myself - sorry, but I have not and will not give up that right; you, of course, are welcome to let someone beat you to a pulp while you are waiting for someone to come rescue you. For your sake, I hope and pray that does not happen to you.
    Last edit by andhow5 on May 21, '08
  3. by   GooeyRN
    I am glad it all worked out well!
  4. by   Daywalker
    Thanks for letting us know how everything turned out. :spin:
  5. by   ffearme12
    I give you all the credit in the world for maintaining your cool. I've been doing this for 34 years and it's just been recently that I was punched in the face, head, and chest by a Baker Act patient. I maintained my cool as we restrained him but when I got off shift my Harley took a beating and my German Shepard got a great walk.
  6. by   SecondGenRN
    Quote from TrudyRN
    He is ill, let's not forget. He has an addiction to alcohol. Addiction. A person will sell his soul to satisfy a craving when addicted. It is an illness and the person deserves treatment. He might need jail, too. But he definitely needs treatment. And to be forgiven. There, but for the grace of God, go you and I.

    OK I realize that this is a VERY old thread but I just need to add my two cents. lol I think the OP did what was necessary and NOBODY is paid to take abuse or be assaulted, regardless of their position. I currently work as an addiction worker at the local withdrawal management center and have been in situations where people have tried to attack me while under the influence. We are trained in methods to get away from a patient without inflicting harm, but if all else fails then I would use force to get out of the situation. As for people with addictions, while it is true that sometimes a normally nice person is abusive when under the influence, for the majority if they are a jerk drunk they are a jerk sober too! Alcohol and drug intake is NOT a free pass to assault people.

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