this is my first thread...just registered today so.. here I go
please read article.
ok a napa nurse died because of the criminally insane patient. the patient was unarmed but manages to choke/kill that poor nurse.
this article makes me HTN mad/furious/enraged as F... a patient kills a nurse.
I only have 6 months experience as a nurse and I dont know all the legal aspects (some forgoten since NCLEX preperation/nursing school)
How do I protect myself from a physical attack from a patient?
Can a nurse use his/her martial art skill if (he/she knows any) to defend herself?
Or are nurses legally defenseless.
I just want to know how can I legally protect myself without losing my license/getting fired from my job.
(offensive type of martial art as in punching or kicking to inflict damage, I KNOW THAT THIS IS A BIG NO NO)
(defensive martial art as in grappling to break free from a patient's choke hold or blocking an attack, But what if I caused a skin tear or a bruise trying to break free from a patient's choke hold? Am I still liable for that skin tear, or bruising? )
Oct 29, '10
I work with addicts and MICA patients and our security is a joke. It's provided by a contracted company that uses a lot of young people who look like they couldn't hurt a fruit fly much less handle an irate patient. They also have had zero training in verbally de-escalating tense situations and most are too immature to have figured out how to speak to people. I don't feel like i'm in danger on a daily basis but I always stay focused and aware of my surroundings. I speak respectfully to the patients and I never use sarcasm. When I started my job some of the patients tried to test me but now that they know me for being consistent the majority don't bother. My biggest concern are new admissions because you just don't know who you're dealing with but luckily I haven't been cursed out or physically threatened by any patients (yet).
I carry "something" for my protection even though it's against company policy. I have children and a strong interest in staying alive so if it comes down to my life or my job/license...I'm going to use what I have and worry about it later.
Last edit by Lovely_RN on Oct 29, '10