Nurses Robbed At Gunpoint At Local Hospitals - page 2
Police are searching for a man who has reportedly robbed three nurses at gunpoint in local hospitals during the past week. A man (pictured, left) believed to be in his early to mid-30s was... Read More
May 11, '04Specialty: Critical Care ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 895; Likes: 26((((Cheerful))))))
I'm so sorry about your attack! That's definitely not something you'd expect to happen. I hope you recover soon.
May 16, '04Joined: Sep '01; Posts: 16,606; Likes: 680Hi Noney
Thanks for your hugs and encouragement. As I recover from that awful attack while on duty, I need all the hugs and encouragement I can get.
I'm on modified duty with a temporary partial disability. The restrictions the doctor placed me on are "no lifting over ten pounds, and cannot work in patient care areas" until I am cleared by the doctor to do so. I have two physical therapy sessions a week for the duration of this month. I am starting to heal...slowly but surely. Since the assault, I have not been able to sleep through the night, my left eyelid tics all the time, and I'm ancier than ever. The incident has also made me more alert of my surroundings...almost paranoid at times. I'm more jumpy than ever, and do not like to sit with my back to others UNless I am in the company of other people.
My doctor took xrays last week. Tomorrow I am scheduled for a MRI of my upper back and shoulders, etc. I miss working with the great group of staff I worked with prior to the assault. I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with the past few months. I hate that this incident has occurred at the end of my three month contract. I barely have four weeks left here.
Right now, I am working with another fine group of workers doing paperwork and computer entry work, etc. I never like doing "deskjobs" because it's hard for me to sit still for long, but it's just until I'm cleared by the doctor to return to patient care nursing.
I won't be able to apply for another assignment until I'm cleared with this injury. I cannot afford to be off work as I am my only means of financial support now. That's a scary thought after having been married for fourteen years prior to the split between my estranged spouse and I. I'm praying I'll be healed enough to accept my next assignment by July 5th.
Nursing is UNsafe in MANY ways today! Not only are the visitors and sometimes patients a threat to our safety, but the hospitals are not prepared enough to deal with the change in behavior today's society seems to be reflecting of late...especially to healthcare workers.
May 16, '04Occupation: Staff Nurse/Education Resource Nurse in a telemetry/stepdown unit Joined: May '04; Posts: 7I too was thinking that same thing....probably could get a few alcohol swabs and a couple of blunt needless access devices (ouch that would hurt to shoot up with)
At our hospital, if we leave after the time that everyone else is leaving then we can call the security personnel and they will drive us to our vehicles. NICE HUH!!! we be spoiled.....
Quote from PeninsulaRNYou know, Susy, I was thinking the same thing. If someone actually attacked me while on the job they'd get precious little.
I agree, its obvious that the security in these places is substandard, but nurses and other hospital personnel need to start taking some responsibility for their own safety. I would never walk out to my car in a dark parking lot alone. There are some that may say I am 'hyperalert' and that's fine, but I watch for suspicious people, I'm aware of my surroundings, I walk to my car with another person and with my keys out. Its terrible what happened to these people but some of it might have been avoided if they hadn't fallen into the trap of thinking they were safe just because they were on hospital property.
At the very least I'd advocate for some safety/self-defense classes and increased security.
May 16, '04Joined: Aug '03; Posts: 296; Likes: 4The guy is on video tape. He'll eventually be caught. Maybe we need metal detectors and armed security at the entrance of hospitals. Security officers at most hospitals don't even carry firearms.