Violence Against Nurses on the Rise
Jason Brooks, President and CEO of DT4EMS, runs a company that trains nurses and first responders on how to handle attacks. One of the courses is called “Escaping Violent Encounters for Healthcare Professionals”. When he starts conversations at the airport about his job, people are shocked. They ask her, “Why would anyone want to hurt a nurse?”
The nurses themselves are often in conflict, says Livaccari. “We are here to help you. We are here as caregivers. We want to take care of people. It is really easy for us to excuse the behavior. “They didn’t want to hurt me. They didn’t want to hit me in the face. ”
In fact, many learn to accept violence in the course of their work. If nurses notify hospital administrators or their colleagues of a violent incident, they may respond, “Well, it just happens,” says Kraus, a registered nurse.
“Well, that shouldn’t happen,” he said, “and we shouldn’t allow that to be the norm.”
Many nurses believe that gender plays a role in why their concerns about violence are not taken more seriously and have received so little public attention. “It’s always been a female-dominated profession, and it’s always been abused, frankly,” Brogan says. According to him, 87% of American nurses are women.
As one commentator wrote after the Nurse Liz episode, “It is okay to hit a nurse, but not a police officer.
While nurses are also assaulted, women are subjected to more sexual abuse, such as grabbing thighs, touching buttocks or being groped, Livaccari says.
Kamara was also seen fumbling in the emergency room. “It is not acceptable for a man to fumble with you while you are walking outside. Then it is not acceptable for them to do it in a hospital, especially when a patient is fully aware of what is going on.
“I’m still one of those people who say to nurses, ‘Look, we have to stand up for ourselves,’” Kamara says. “Some people come into the hospital and do worse than they would outside because they realize that outside they will be arrested and held accountable. However, when they enter the hospital, they don’t.
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