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NickiLaughs has 11 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care.

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I knew that in our highly volatile ER routinely housing 12 to 20 psych patients that the inevitable would happen. I got injured.

although I got kicked in the chest , whiplashed my neck and hit my head on the wall. I'm lucky in that it didn't appear to cause any serious injuries. I can't imagine the suffering those in this career go through when the career we rely on being the result of permanent disability.

Ive just replayed the scenario over and over, and I don't think, short of staying out of the room there is much I could have done different as it happened so fast.

My heart goes out to all of those who've be injured, and I hope that with time, we will find ways to keep all of us safer.

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TheCommuter has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

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I got injured.
I am so very sorry to hear this, Nicki. Unfortunately, some of us work in figurative battlefields. Stay safe.

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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I've been injured by a psych patient. In my case it was in a small facility... the patient was so psychotic she had 2 mental health workers "watching" her 24/7.

Have you been examined by occupational health? Are you SURE you're okay?

How can you stay safe in the future... in THAT setting?

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I believe that I wasn't chosen to work at a facility because during a phone interview I questioned security and if there were any psych patients and the lack of leather restraints and how are aggressive patient's managed in an ER. The charge nurse over the phone could not locate the leather restraints and I could hear some one whispering to her who is that on the phone? So they decided to go with another candidate but hopefully I saved some one from harm by at least asking the question so that they are more mindful of that risk.

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I am so very sorry to hear this. Please take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally.

Wishing you nothing but the best!

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LongislandRN23 has 5 years experience and specializes in Step-Down.

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I hope you had all testing available done and that you filed a workmans comp case and probably are entitled to a medical leave of absence.

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Esme12 has 40 years experience as a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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((HUGS)) it is difficult....our jobs really stink sometimes....please tell me you filled out an incident report.

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classicdame is a MSN, EdD and specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

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what a tragic event! I hope your state, like Texas, makes it a felony to assault an ER nurse. Psych or no, we need protection

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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what a tragic event! I hope your state, like Texas, makes it a felony to assault an ER nurse. Psych or no, we need protection

However, if the patient is psychotic.... they cannot be held accountable for their behavior.

Never crossed my mind to bring charges against the psychotic that assaulted me.

Most certainly agree the psych patient in control of their faculties... need to be sued up the wazoo.

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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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Hugs!! I'm sorry to hear you got hurt. Take care of yourself--physically and mentally

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Caffeine_IV has 7 years experience and specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice.

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I'm so sorry this happened. I hope this was reported and well documented. Please take care of yourself and rest well.

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laKrugRN specializes in Cardiac, ER, Pediatrics, Corrections.

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I am so sorry! :(

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