AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN, president of the ENA and one of this year's HealthLeaders 20, is working to raise awareness of this problem. And violence against nurses isn't limited to the ED. I once witnessed a nine-year-old girl who was recovering from surgery attempt to kick, punch, and bite the nurses who tried to remove her catheter, while her mother stood idly by.
Anyone who's ever been on a maternity ward knows that security is—and should be—extremely tight. One can assume it was even tighter for the Kennedy family. Remember the scene at Lenox hill Hospital in New York last month after the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter?
Patients on maternity wards should be grateful for and understanding of that level of security.
I don't claim to know what happened in this particular incident, but it's encouraging that the hospital is standing by its nurses. All parents—even high-profile ones—should understand although maternity ward security might seem excessive or overly cautious, it's simply in place to protect newborns.
So what if a nurse wants to check or double-check or triple-check your baby's safety? Be understanding. Comply with the rules. And say thank you.