Jason Brooks, president and CEO of DT4EMS, leads an organization that trains nurses and first responders in tips on how to deal with assaults. One course is titled, “Escaping Violent Encounters for Well being Care Professionals.” When he strikes up conversations on the airport about his line of labor, persons are shocked. They ask him, “Why would anybody wish to damage a nurse?”
Nurses themselves are sometimes conflicted, Livaccari says. “We’re right here to assist. We’re right here as caregivers. We wish to care for folks. It’s very easy for us to excuse the habits. ‘They didn’t imply to harm me. They didn’t imply to punch me within the face.’”
In actual fact, many are taught to simply accept violence as a part of the job. If nurses inform hospital directors or colleagues a couple of violent incident, they may reply, “Properly, that simply occurs,” says Kraus, a registered nurse.
“Properly, it shouldn’t occur,” he says, “and we shouldn’t enable that to be the norm.”
Many nurses imagine that gender performs a task in why their issues about violence aren’t taken extra critically and have gained so little public consideration. “It’s at all times been a female-dominated occupation, and it’s at all times been mistreated, frankly,” Brogan says. In line with him, 87% of U.S. nurses are ladies.
As one commenter wrote after Nurse Liz’s episode, “It’s OK to hit a nurse, however not a police officer.”
Whereas male nurses are assaulted, too, ladies are subjected to extra sexual abuse, equivalent to grabbing thighs or touching buttocks or being groped, Livaccari says.
Kamara additionally has seen groping within the emergency room. “It’s not OK for a person to grope you whilst you’re outdoors strolling. Then it’s not OK for them to do it in a hospital, particularly when a affected person is totally conscious of what’s occurring.”
“I’m at all times a type of folks telling nurses, ‘Hear, now we have to face up for ourselves,’” Kamara says. “Some folks come into the hospital and do worse than they might outdoors as a result of they understand outdoors, they are going to get arrested and be held accountable. Nevertheless, once they come into the hospital, they don’t.”