How do you deal with a patient slapping you? - page 4

Hi everyone, Hope everyone is doing well. Work is going good. I will be off my orientation June 1st. I've already learned a ton. However, I was wondering how some of you would deal with a... Read More

  1. by   NannaNurse
    Just Smile........and fill our that darn incident report! Your really stupid if you don't.
    JennyP says it right! You never know if that ...'harmless little slap' injured you or not. You never know if that spit-ball that Mr. So-n-so hurrled at you, landing in your eye, an open cut or your mouth (god forbid) was full of some germ you can't get rid of!!!
    Yes, we are nurses.......yes, it's part of the job..TO CARE FOR PEOPLE, NOT GET BEAT UP OR ATTACKED ON THE JOB!!

    Use your head here Nurses.....I can tell you that if your dog ran out and bit your mailman......hey smile-it's part of the job.....that mailman would call the police and you stand a good chance of not getting your mail until you secure that dog or get rid of it.....that is a fact!!
    Take care of's hell out there. We are nurses...not part of the WFW......
    ......heck..just call me 'NannaNight-ten-gall....the nurse who likes pain.............NOT!!
  2. by   traumaRUs
    Unless mentally incapacitated (by mental illness, not ETOH or drugs) - these people belong in JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In Illinois - it is a felony to assault a healthcare worker, pre-hospital, etc.. I currently have two assault cases pending due to being slugged in the face on two different occasions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. by   Nurse Ratched

    Here is a thread under psych nursing. Speaking only for myself, if it's a demented elderly person, I would just document it (in both narratives and incident reports.) If it was a person who was under the influence I would be strongly tempted to press charges - I've never been struck but have had enough "mean drunks" under my care and am not shy about disabusing them of the notion that the fact I am a nurse does not mean I will tolerate being hit by a patient. Mentally ill - tougher call. You did right to set the boundaries as you did. I have found that mentally ill people can at times have much more control over their behaviors than they would have us believe. Many respond well to the same statement that hitting a nurse is not part of the privileges of being a patient and that it can have legal consequences that you *will* pursue if need be.
  4. by   mario_ragucci
    Stand up. Show these folks that nurses won't take any abuse. We have the rights as a human being to strike back at another human being who provokes us with a punch or other battery. You always have to be on gaurd. try to "duck" punches and bend at the hips, not the knees, when you duck. That way you keep your balance.
    Some folks mus think its cool, or okay, to start smacking around nurses or other health care workers.
    Don't just run to fill out paperwork. These seasoned abusers could care less how many papers you write; They just want to release aggression. By not striking back against such assults, you make it worse for the next health care worker who may be puched or kicked because the patient wasn't dealth with the first time
  5. by   alwaysthere
    mario mario where where you the other day...

    former boxer pt of ours decked a day aide knocked her halfway across the room and unconscious.. inches lower and she would have had a heart attack... nothing was done

    oh not to mention the man who fills the hallways with assorted curses whenever nurses or aides cannot get to him within a min of his call ligth being put on...he has hit two people so far...

    and the sweet little old lady who steals the MARS bites kicks and punches us....

    if this is a rehab unit...give me my dementia wing back!!
  6. by   prnlpn
    I was working in a nursing home and a resident was in the parking lot swerving between vehicles in his whellchair, I tried to persuade this"gentlman" to come back inside with me but he wasnt having that, he proceded to hit several of my CNAs and the other nurse who had come to help me then he pulled a knife out of his bag on the arm of the wheelchair after calling the police and his family and getting him disarmed he pulled the arm off his wheelchair and began beating us all with it! I requested that the aides go get some restraints but was informed it was against policy to restrain under any circumstance! We eventually did get him back inside and i filled out an incident report on EVERYONE that he had hit, and had him transferred to a mental health hosp. for eval.
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    A knife? I can't imagine a man in a wheelchair starting such a ruckus. Why didn't someone grab an axe handle and pin down his arm? Couldn't someone have created a distraction for the man? The guy is in a wheelchair; what can he do to harm anyone? Waht is it: "One Flew Over The Coo-Coo's Nest"?
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Mario has ALOT to learn about nursing yet.