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10/7/11  NURSING VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE

Have you ever been a victim of violence in your workplace?  Psychiatric nurses and ED nurses can be repeatedly subjected to this trauma, due to the instability of the patients in their care.  Those suffering from psychiatric disorders and/or substance use disorders or those who are delirious and mobile can wreak havoc on your unit and endanger the staff and the other patients.  Sometimes it’s the family members of the patients who act out their frustrations.

What have you witnessed or been a victim of?  How have you dealt with it?  Was the institution you were working for at the time supportive of you and the potential for additional violence?  Did they put measures into place to make the environment more safe for you and your colleagues and the patients?  What measures were instituted?  Were they sufficient to help you feel safer?  Are you still working there?  Did you leave because of the potential for additional trauma to you or others near you?  Was anyone (a nurse or patient) seriously hurt or killed before changes were made to improve security features?

What would you like to see happen?  Check out these links below for more information.

www.nurseallianceca.org/Priority_No__1_for_2011__Addressing_Workplace_Violence.aspx

http://www.nfn.org/archives/1758

SPEAKING OF NURSING VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE…Did anyone see last night’s GREY’S ANATOMY?  A very large man was agitated by his injury(?) and began beating up on the ED staff and repeatedly kicked and pummeled a very small man (with the cushioned end of a crutch), who had recently been a patient there.  Of course, ED security force never showed up and Dr. Hunt (new chief of surgery) swooped in with his WHITE COAT and rescued the ED with a left cross to the violent man’s jaw, breaking it.  This is another level of the problem–staff-on-patient violence (despite how justified it may have been)–which complicates the issue even further.  My fear about this is that non-medical people watching the show may feel that this is what routinely happens in EDs when people lose control of their anger/frustration…but I digress 🙂

Looking for feedback from Educators, Clinical Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Staff Nurses!  What are the trends you’re seeing in Psychiatric Nursing these days?

ADVANCE PRACTICE NURSES

11/30/11 DOCTOR NURSE?  There is an interesting article on Medscape about the ‘dilemma’ that physicians face when dealing with nurses or other non-MD health practitioners with doctorates.  They are having VERY STRONG REACTIONS to the title of ‘doctor’ being used to address anyone other than an MD, DO, DMD or DDS.  If you regularly read MEDSCAPE and have a login, you can check out the article at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/753628?src=mp&spon=24

 

 

WHERE ARE ALL MY CNSs and PMHN-NPs?
I’d like to hear from you!  Email me if you’d like to write an article about what you do, what you’ve learned, what you like the Health Reform to do for the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI).  Fresh ideas are always welcome!

WHAT TYPE OF SETTING DO YOU WORK IN?

Are you:

  • In a psychiatric hospital (state or privately owned/operated)?
  • At an outpatient clinic
  • In a community health setting
  • Working for a mental health managed care company or the mental health divsion of a managed care company?
What settings have you liked? Hated?  What would you want to change?
I wanna hear from you!
Peace, Sylvia