Article: Nurses caring for Terrorist suspect.

  1. I love that they spoke directly with the nurses who cared for the terrorist I have seen a few topics on AN speaking about what you would do if you were the terrorists nurse. For me the answer is simple: You care for him just like any other patient.
    I would love to hear what all of you have to say about this article. (Keep it to a calm discussion please)
    Last edit by avaloncar on May 20, '13
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  3. by   applewhitern
    In view of the fact that I have a license to maintain, if I want to eat, and that I wouldn't want to be sent to prison for murdering a patient, I would take care of the terrorist in the same manner I would take care of anyone else. I would hope our justice system would handle it from there.
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    I have cared for a known murderer-- he and his wife murdered her first husband. He came to us after suffering an industrial accident about four months later IIRC, and while he was recovering from significant trauma the cops showed up. It was interesting knowing all that while she sat next to his bed for several weeks until he was well enough to go to jail. I played dumb but inside I just wondered what makes somebody do that ...
  5. by   Esme12
    I read the Globe's article and I found it to be a real representation of the nurses feelings. It is one thing to take care of rapists/murders/molesters it's another thing altogether to care for someone who caused so much fear/death/dismemberment/terror in your own backyard while you just left the house you were terrified and locked down go to work to pretend that it's just another day.

    It's was tough here.....this was discussed right after the bombing...check out these threads.

    What if the Boston bomber was your pt
    Life after the Boston Marathon Bombing - Nurses Coping with the Trauma
  6. by   Glycerine82
    My Brother-in-law was one of the officers going door to door in Watertown. I am from MA. If I were his caretaker....jeez I dont know. I wouldn't do anything to hurt him, but I don't know If I could help him feel better while the family of an 8 year old was going to be without their son. I don't know If I could do it and I am ashamed to admit that, but Its the truth. Likely Id team up with someone else if that was allowed and perhaps do all care with that person while thinking of puppies and rainbows and saying the our father over and over again in my head......
  7. by   kanzi monkey
    Ummm... Way to go nurses?!?! Not much else to say. Awfulness. Awesomeness. no surprise here. Just pride.
  8. by   ANnot4me
    I cared for a murderer who was under guard by two police officers. I would not have known he was a murderer if I hadn't been told. After nearly 20-years of nursing I have probably cared for people who have done worse. It's kind of like how people get all vigilant when they know a person has hepatitis or HIV. It's like they are more virulent if you know about them. We've all seen those nurses who are careless because the patient is "a sweet little old lady." She could have been Sybil's mother for all we know.
  9. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Given the choice, I wouldn't want to take care of a high-profile criminal suspect. I would only do it with cameras and a witness (not a police officer) in the room at all times. A lot of people would want to harm my patient, and what will stop them from trying to frame the nurse? Everything I do would be put under a microscope, especially if something went wrong.