Patients that are out of Control

Written by on May 26, 2019

Sheila Wilson is Founder and President of Stop Health Care Violence Non Profit.  Sheila is an advocate for finding solutions for the epidemic of Nurses that are harmed and and killed by patients or the patients family in a hospital setting.  You really need to understand that what is happening to the Nurses is totally unacceptable.  These Nurses are  leaving the profession that they loved because of he injuries they have.   Below is a Blog that Sheila Wilson has written. 

Public needs to know what is happening in the Hospital Emergency Room through out our Country.   Our Society is getting so mean and nasty and taking it out on our Nurses.  I wonder if these Nurses wonder if they will be coming home Alive or Brutal attacked at work.  Who is going to help these Nurses?

This Blog was written by Sheila Wilson 

   Making Peace with God

Let’s talk about violence, assaults and homicide.

When we think of violence, violent attacks, or homicide, most people imagine street crime, a convenience store robbery gone very badly, or perhaps a lethal home invasion.

My topic is different: violence perpetrated against healthcare workers-nurses, physicians, emergency techs, medical assistants, x-ray techs and so forth-at the hands of patients, patient’s family members and patient acquaintances.

A Population Under Attack

The healthcare employee population is, literally and figuratively, under attack and victims are losing their sense of freedom, safety, emotional stability, and in some cases their lives.

Nurses have been violently attacked by patients that they were taken care of. Beaten, stabbed, knocked out and a nurse was shot another nurse was raped.

Violent attacks on healthcare workers has become an out of control pandemic.

“Have a Good Day, See You Later”

I have been a nurse for over 40 years. As healthcare workers, we never know if we are going to get home without being injured-or if we are to return home at all.

When we kiss a spouse or hug a child goodbye before heading off to work, each wishing the other a good day, too many of us return home a completely different person, or never return home at all.

“Just suck it up “

Despite the widespread and out of control occurrences of violence -perpetrated too often, too frequently. And against too many of us-and despite the pervasive acceptance by victim and administrator alike that its “just part of the job” it’s a fact that being assaulted is not in any healthcare job description.

This bears repeating: being assaulted is not in any healthcare job description

Yet both victims and administrators are sweeping it under the rug.

ONE VICTIMS TALE: MEET JANE

 Nurses everywhere need to read this account, even if you don’t believe it applies to you. Unfortunately, many healthcare workers will identify with this victims experience.

I was sitting down charting/ documenting on my patient. Out of the corner of my eye I see a patient unsteady on her feet, coming right at me. I get up and try to steady her, and she falls into my chair. The patient grabs the back of my neck, pulls me down on her lap wrenching and twisting my neck and head. My back is slammed against the arm of the chair. She keeps wrenching and twisting my neck and head, I felt like I was losing (consciousness) My strength is ebbing, I am becoming weak and I am praying to God… I am making peace with my God. I thought I was going to die.

My colleagues are all over me, trying to help. One of the nurses is grabbing the patient’s hand as the patient strains to bite my hand; the other nurse has the patient’s other hand behind her back. The patient persisted in her attack until she heard the voice of the security guard to stop. It wasn’t until then that she put her hands in the air, and I was free. FREE!

Like an Onion

Jane’s physical assault is only part of her experience.

An assault is like the layers of an onion. First there is the actual event; then there is the physical, emotional and financial aftermath; and finally, there is the social, familial and employer response.

The emotional trauma following an assault is different for everyone, but for Jane she is forced to revisit the attack and the accompany terror she experiences pain or numbness. Today, Jane continues to battle with anxiety, severe stress, and inability to sleep as a result of her experience.

Jane has become hyper-vigilant of her surroundings and has suffered a loss of confidence in her abilities to respond without pause or hesitancy to emergency situations- a trait critical to her career as a healthcare worker.

As a result of theses physical and emotional repercussions, Jane has not been able to return to the same unit that previously employed her.

And. finally, there is perhaps the most disturbing aftermath to a violent event:

The victim’s coworkers, and sometimes family, just wants her to “get over it” get on with life and move on. “you’re alive, aren’t you? When are you going back to work? When will you stop moping around? What is the big deal? Stop being a Drama Queen!

Countless individuals have been in this situation, healthcare workers are hurt, disabled and scared to continue the only job they want to do.

After being assaulted they are unable to continue. Someone took away their health, paycheck and career!

We need to have a call to action! We need to continue writing incident reports, call the police, become change agents Change the culture of your environment, stop enabling these people that assault us, don’t accept that being assaulted is part of your job! talk about the violence, support each other. Watch each other’s back.

Sheila Wilson MPH BSN R.N.
President and Founder of StopHealthCareViolence.org -Non Profit.
www.stophealthcareviolence.org

Sheila Wilson can also be contacted via Facebook  Click Here 

Sheila Wilson is also the author of “The Shocking Reality of Violence in Health Care” This book written to provide the information to help in resources to all the Nurses that have been brutally attacked in the Emergency Rooms.

To purchase this book Click Here

I am asking for you to please share this blog with all your families and friends.  It is important to make people aware of the epidemic  in the medical community.

Make it a Brilliant day
Jeanne White
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