I work on a rehab floor as a CNA. I am also in my second year of nursing school. I was at work yesterday and was 1 on 1 with a brain injured patient with whom I have had a very good rapport with in the past. He is 29 years old and is cognitively functioning at about the level of a 3 year old. He wanted to leave the room and I told him no. I was standing between him and the door per protocol. He grabbed my shoulders and shook me violently and then punched me in the face. I was quite shaken (literallly
and figuratively) up yesterday, but am doing much better today, except for the fat lip I have.
So I was wondering, has this ever happened to you?
And the other thing- not sure how this is handled in other facilities...he is in a monitored room, but the way the room is set up, the camera couldn't see us. The door is shut so he isn't tempted to wander the halls, and the call bell is across the room so I was nowhere near it to yank it out of the wall. Since I was near the door I just spun myself out into the hall and yelled for help. But what if he had knocked me out? Does your facilite have a panic button or something that nurses (or CNAs) carry on their person for 1 on 1 with volatile patients? I don't know if I would have even had time to access a panic button because everything happened so fast...just wondering I guess.
Thanks for any input....
Sep 25, '05
Quote from papawjohn
A skinny female resp therapist saved me, jumped on his back and wrapped arms and legs around him screaming 'You're not going to hurt MY JOHN'. (Fortunately my Mrs wasn't around to hear that I was 'hers'. I might have been assaulted twice!!)
Anyway, at my hospital (psychiatric), if a patient assaults you, they do paperwork and bring in security officers. You have the right to press charges against the patient who assaulted you. Unfortunately, many times the patient is found NCR (Not Criminally Responsible). I am not sure what happens, then.
It's commonly said where I work that the patients have more rights than we (the staff) do, btw.
Addendum: We have something called PMAB (Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviors). We're supposed to refresh our skills once a month on how to get out of holds, keeping a patient from escalating, etc.
Last edit by Cute_CNA on Sep 26, '05