Jason Brooks, president and CEO of DT4EMS, leads an organization that trains nurses and first responders in methods 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, individuals 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 deal with individuals. 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.’”
Actually, 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 could reply, “Nicely, that simply occurs,” says Kraus, a registered nurse.
“Nicely, it shouldn’t occur,” he says, “and we shouldn’t enable that to be the norm.”
Many nurses consider that gender performs a job in why their considerations about violence aren’t taken extra severely 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, resembling 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 exterior strolling. Then it’s not OK for them to do it in a hospital, particularly when a affected person is absolutely conscious of what’s happening.”
“I’m at all times a type of individuals telling nurses, ‘Pay attention, we now have to face up for ourselves,’” Kamara says. “Some individuals come into the hospital and do worse than they might exterior as a result of they notice exterior, they may get arrested and be held accountable. Nonetheless, after they come into the hospital, they don’t.”