ED Violence Racks Up Huge Costs

Assaults on nurses in the emergency department have long been viewed as part of the job. But this "culture of acceptance" comes with a high price tag, not least of which is the cost to replace nurses when they quit.

1 comments on "ED Violence Racks Up Huge Costs"
Marilyn Kirchner (2/18/2014 at 10:43 AM)

Reading your article regarding violence in the ER struck home. I was assaulted by a patient, knocked unconscious and the same culture of "part of the job" prevailed. My interaction with this patient was only seconds, he looked passive and there had been no mention of potential violence. I over heard the administrator asking "what I did to rile him", I felt assaulted all over again. I am retired now, miss nursing greatly, but our society has fostered this violent culture many patients are literally given a "free pass" since they hide behind their persona of a patient. There is no impulse control due to much lack of parenting, but the nurse should not be the punching bag. I applaud and strongly urge any legislation which would protect ALL medical personnel, and I agree it MUST start at the top with demonstrated "zero tolerance" not just lip-service.


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