HH-have you ever been attacked? - page 2
Hey guys. I was wondering if anyone else in a HH setting has ever been attacked while at a house? How did you handle it? I work pedi HH. At a single moms apartment, the back gate lock not... Read More
Sep 22, '07Yes. More than once. Incidents of stalking also. Very traumatizing. Have posted various comments about this subject before. Made out to be the bad guy by the employer. Can not speak anymore detail due to upcoming litigation. Strongly urge all nurses considering hh to learn techniques concerning personal safety on their own and to think in advance what their response will be to losing their livelihood because they were the victim of assault and battery, stalking, sexual harassment or assault, or any other crime which causes bodily harm and resulted as a consequence of their employment. There are better reasons to be sick and unemployed as far as I'm concerned.
Sep 23, '07I was taking care of a teenage patient who was MRCP on a bipap during the night. The single mom was away on a trip and I was alone with my patient and her other child (a 17 year old boy). Around 2-3 a.m. I heard a really strange sound coming from the front of the house...i waited a few minutes to see if it was possibly the cats who liked to jump on the screen door....it continued and something told me to go and check it out. I went into the kitchen and turned on the light...there was a fist punching through the screen of the door (he had already removed the glass exterior and was trying to reach through the door BUT was hitting a metal mesh screen from the inside). When the light went on he ran. In the morning we found the patio screen sliced (so he could get to the next door that I saw him at) and the galss he removed from the exterior of the kitchen door. I can only imagine the intent because it was pretty obvious people were home! I really don't like HH shift work anymore! I prefer te hospital!
Oct 12, '07On my very first orientation shift for my first (and so far only) nursing job (and job period, excluding various things I did for cash), I had my truck broken into. The windshield was shattered as was one of the windows. Several hundred dollars worth of items were left unmolested, so it was probably just some punk kid wanting to bust up someone's property, which would be consistent with the fact that it was in a quite expensive neighborhood. It really pissed me off. My company paid for half of the repairs without me even asking--nor expecting--them to.
I've never been physically attacked while on duty and consider it fairly unlikely as I'm a 6' man in my early twenties. I'm always extremely security conscious both on and off the job, however.
To those of you who've been attacked, about all you can do at this point is use it as an opportunity to learn how to prevent it from happening again or to better manage it. Stay safe.
Oct 16, '07I read a really good book recently called "Predators: who they are and how to stop them". I think that's the title; if not, it's pretty close. I can't remember the authors' names, but they are both police officers with many years of experience working with violent crimes/criminals. Some of the info might not directly apply to home health (terrorism, for ex.) but a lot of it might be really useful to you. My hat is off to you home health folks.
Oct 16, '07I am scared of dogs and am not fond of animals in general and that prevents me from going into home health, but my goodness the stories hear are truly horrific. It seems that you should almost be in pairs to do this type of work.