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?
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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?