I am really sorry that happened to you... truly. (((Hugs)))
Not reporting however, will guarantee that nothing will be done, and will continue to send the message that this is acceptable behavior— not the crime it is.
I wonder too if anyone’s AG would be more responsive than hospital admin? Like if the victim contacted the AG himself if police did nothing?
To all the people who say to report this to law enforcement - in most cases they will not do anything about it and administration will not either. Unfortunately it has become acceptable in our society to assault nurses. I have personally been assaulted twice on the job and have had coworkers assaulted and no one I know was able to file any police charges or get any action from hospital administration. Even going to the police station to press charges ourselves was met with no action by police. After I was physically assaulted and reported it, I was assigned to take care of the same patient the very next day. I had to work the entire 12 hour shift afraid of my patient and after that I resigned and I will not work as a hospital nurse anymore.
I hope you filed charges and buy somep pepper spray. When a patient attacks a caregiver, they are no longer a patient, they become another street thug. Fight back as if you were fighting to save your life.
Because someone asked a question which, all things considered, was not that unreasonable.
This is sure to be an educational thread for some. Also hopefully empowering. The reason HIPAA has been raised as a topic in this thread is because, in presentations to nurses and staff, HIPAA is frequently boiled down to its most basic elements and then mixed up with employers' privacy practices and institutional policies, and their utopian dreams of not having any dissatisfied patients or any PR difficulties.
Not every hospital has signs reminding patients and visitors not to assault HCWs, since those may give the public the idea that assaults have happened there and also might give them the idea that they actually cannot do whatever they want while visiting.
Lucky you! It comes up ever year for me. Maybe it's just never caught your attention? I've only worked in three hospitals, but it's always been there ...required. I'm not saying I pay attention to all the details, but ...I do have to pass the test and print out the certificate.
Yes, imagine a pt with VS HR 90, BP 150/90, O2 sat 96. BUT.... they are breathing 45 times a minute over the set rate of 20. It's important information, as is knowing if the patient is never breathing over the vent at all.
I know this isn't the most constructive advice, but I think you made a big mistake in quitting without a two week notice. You very likely made yourself ineligible for rehire at that hospital. Or if you are eligible to apply for other units I very highly doubt any would hire you. I hope this won't impact your ability to do clinicals at this hospital for the CRNA program that you stated you hope to attend that it is affiliated with.
Depending on the size of this city that you're in you may want to consider moving and starting fresh. I understand that you weren't having a good experience in that unit, but two weeks is only 6 shifts. If you had toughed it out for those 6 shifts you would be in an entirely better position. In the future I would be mindful of this.
This is going to sound super ignorant on my part, but why is HIPAA being mentioned in this situation at all? I don’t see the connection. Nurse assaulted by patient. End of story. There are huge signs hanging on walls all over my hospital that it is a federal crime to assault any employee in my hospital and the perpetrator will be prosecuted. My coworker was kicked by a patient once, you better believe security and the police were called. This patient’s chart needs to be flagged for a history of aggression so that next time he doesn’t cause more damage.
This! You can't smack anyone else at their place of employment and it be glossed over. Why are nurses always expected to accept this type of behavior? The way my reactions are set up due to my past history of an abusive spouse, he might have had a problem because I'm not good at being an abuse victim.
Nevertheless, glad OP filed charges and thanks for sharing.
You don't understand what they are saying. An "investigation" can be something as simple as just calling the nurse and having her say, "I just took a phone call and had nothing to do with the patient. I never even met them".
She doesn't need to waste money on thousands of dollars for an attorney when she:
1) Never met the patient
2) Never participated in care.
They are investigating the situation. Tell your friend to calm down. I would never break a sweat over this. Some states have laws that say EVERY complaint has to be investigated no matter how insane.
“You screwed up putting an iv in and when questioned you get pissy.”
I missed this part the first time reading through... If a spouse is interfering in patient care, heck yeah they’re going to get out! Behaviors have consequences.
But, if your MEDICAL diagnoses — be they DM or lupus or PTSD — don’t make you a danger to yourself or others, it’s really none of their damn business.
It’s ridiculous that we push for de-stigmatization of mental illness... unless it’s one of us who has it.
If he wasn't a patient and you weren't his nurse, I'm guessing he would already have been arraigned for assault and battery. So it absolutely *IS* about him being a patient.
For far too long, we've excused assault and battery by patients (and their families) because "they were upset" or "he's not himself." It's not right.