Nurse stabbed by intruder at Boston Medical Center

  1. March 21, 2005
    Police were searching early yesterday for a man who stabbed a pediatric nurse at Boston Medical Center after she surprised the suspect in an employee break room.

    The nurse, whom police did not identify and described only as being in her late 40s, was treated at the hospital and released yesterday, said a police spokeswoman, Neva Grice. The attack, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m., put hospital workers on edge.

    Police said they were looking for a black male, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a heavy build, who wore a red and white ''designer" jacket. Police did not know what the man was doing in the break room; they said he was not a hospital employee.

    The attack was random, according to police officials, who said they interviewed the nurse briefly before she was sent to the operating room.

    Full Story: http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...edical_center/
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  3. by   twograce
    makes me want to go to work at boston mass. dont you?
    Quote from brian
    March 21, 2005
    Police were searching early yesterday for a man who stabbed a pediatric nurse at Boston Medical Center after she surprised the suspect in an employee break room.

    The nurse, whom police did not identify and described only as being in her late 40s, was treated at the hospital and released yesterday, said a police spokeswoman, Neva Grice. The attack, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m., put hospital workers on edge.

    Police said they were looking for a black male, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a heavy build, who wore a red and white ''designer" jacket. Police did not know what the man was doing in the break room; they said he was not a hospital employee.

    The attack was random, according to police officials, who said they interviewed the nurse briefly before she was sent to the operating room.

    Full Story: http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...edical_center/
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    we had a huge security issue where i work recently, and it does make you wonder some days if it's worth it to risk your safety to work w/the some of the crackpots we deal with today. And yet, we get people who come here to all nurses and post we "make too much money" .....umm yea riiiight.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    There is a medium size hospital in a "good" area that makes visitors and registry go through a metal detector, show ID, and if not on the registry list or giving the name of the patient to visit will nor be allowed in. Not even to the gift shop or cafeteria.

    May not be a bad idea.
  6. by   live4today
    Some high schools are heavily guarded today, perhaps hospitals need to boost security to ensure the safety of its employees.

    After I was assaulted (by surprise) last year while on duty as a travel nurse in California, I no longer feel safe in a hospital. No amount of money can make me feel safe, but the amount nurses are being paid surely doesn't make it worth my while to risk my life while putting megabucks into some corporations pockets while not ensuring my safety on their premises.
  7. by   cooklaw1
    I've heard that an assault on a health care worker is a federal crime, but I can't find it on any of the search engines. Has anyone else heard this? Does anyone know where to find that law? Thanks!
  8. by   begalli
    Quote from cooklaw1
    I've heard that an assault on a health care worker is a federal crime, but I can't find it on any of the search engines. Has anyone else heard this? Does anyone know where to find that law? Thanks!
    In some states this is true:

    http://www.nursingworld.org/gova/state/2002/violent.htm

    This is from 2002. I don't know if things have changed since.
  9. by   Chad_KY_SRNA
    A CNA that recently got fired from our LTC facility had been bringing her boyfriend in and they were getting high with one of our residents. Well the boyfriend had been sneaking in the window in the middle of the night even when she wasn't working. He made threatening phone calls after his girlfriend got fired and we were told that if he came on the property to immediately dial 911. We have had some nut jobs. We had two women coming up the hall the other night fighting like dogs and we just told them, you can't do that here, you need to leave or calm down right now. Last year just before state came in one of our residents familt came in and one of the daughters raised back to hit the nurse. She was told if she moved another inch she would be escorted to jail. This woman was a nurse too. She hadn't come to see her mother in over a year and her mother was just getting closer to the end. This story sounds like a bad deal. Their was a CNA at a hospital around here that claimed she had been raped because she had been having an affair and thought she might have been pregnant, they arrested her and charged her with filing a fals e police report.
  10. by   traumaRUs
    In Illinois, it is a felony to assault ANY health care worker and in our ER - we press charges.
  11. by   surfer betty crocker
    Quote from twograce
    makes me want to go to work at boston mass. dont you?
    this type of incident can happen anywhere-be it a large city or rural hospital setting. Crackpots do not, necessarily discriminate.

    An aside: Boston,MA is world-renowned for their medical advances and practices, so yes, I would want to "go to work at boston mass".
  12. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from cooklaw1
    I've heard that an assault on a health care worker is a federal crime, but I can't find it on any of the search engines. Has anyone else heard this? Does anyone know where to find that law? Thanks!
    It is a felony in some states, but I don't think it is a federal crime.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    A federal crime? I doubt that.
  14. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from twograce
    makes me want to go to work at boston mass. dont you?
    actually i live in boston and i know exactly where boston medical center is and what type of hospital....it used to be called boston city hospital and its reputed to be the hospital where all low-income and/or indigents went for care.....if you couldn't pay then you were sent to bmc.

    actually though, its' reputation has improved remarkably but it's just not in the greatest area of town. and as another poster noted, this can happen at any urban hospital.....actually even rural or suburban.

    leslie

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