I'm very disappointed in the number of posters who think that patients assaulting nurses is "part of being a nurse". No it's not. I was assaulted by a patient, not a psych patient, not a demented old person but a nasty man whose daughter said he used to beat his wife. I required surgery and I have chronic pain. My workplace added to the trauma with the way they handled it, or rather didn't handle it. Having said that I have also been bitten and scratched by demented old things, kicked in the back by a labouring woman and threatened by the ******* family of a dying patient. Not on, any of it. That's why I don't work in patient contact any more. It sucks.