Nurses Get Pushed Around, Again

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media , February 28, 2012

An emergency department doctor and family friend of Kennedy who witnessed the incident, calls the nurses the "only aggressors." And Kennedy's lawyer is accusing the nurses of trying to "cash in" on the events, according to media reports.

Surveillance camera footage of the incident shows the nurses trying to block Kennedy from leaving via the elevator and then the stairs. It also shows one of the nurses falling to the floor. The nurses said they called code pink, indicating child abduction.

Kennedy's attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said in an ABC News interview that his client was only trying to protect his baby. "One of the nurses actually goes to grab the baby. How dare she?"

It's hard to glean many details about the incident from the choppy security footage. But it seems even harder to imagine why any nurse would want to be an "aggressor" against a new dad.

In contrast, it is easy to imagine why a nurse would do everything she could  to protect a newborn and comply with rules that aim to prevent infant abduction.

Although data from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows that infant abductions from hospitals are relatively rare—there were only 128 cases of completed infant abductions from healthcare facilities between 1983 and 2010—hospitals obviously take the threat of abductions very seriously.

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4 comments on "Nurses Get Pushed Around, Again"

Robert Prehn (3/5/2012 at 2:27 PM)
Congratulations to the nurses for doing their duty. Congratulations to the hospital's administration for standing behind their nurses 100%. Shame on Mr Kennedy for his behavior.

long time RN (3/3/2012 at 10:46 AM)
Immediately on hearing this news, knew something was 'fishy'. Fathers are not allowed to simply waltz out of the hospital with their newborns for some 'fresh air'. I suspect there is much more to this story that is unreported and I commend the nurses involved for doing the right thing. Mr. Kennedy should be ashamed of himself.

Purnima Krishna (2/29/2012 at 12:12 PM)
Being a nurse myself, I was appalled by the incident. This matter should be looked into deeply on the abuse of nurses. The nurses were called "aggresors" by the doctor who witnessed the incident is a total shame. Let him be the buddy of the most influential person in this world but he failed to follow the hospitals rules and of course failed to support his own colleagues. Taking out the newborn baby of the high profile parent outside for "fresh air" in winter seems a little odd idea to begin with. At the end, I am glad that the hospital is supportive of it's nurses.




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