This incident was an eye-opening event for some about the shocking amount of violence nurses face on the job. There is not a nurse anywhere who has not personally been abused at work or who has not seen abuse of nurses at work. It is our dirty little secret.
I know that when this incident happened, I was appalled. I absolutely could not believe my own eyes. This nurse was following the law. She was protecting an unconscious person in her care. She refused to do something illegal to aid in prosecution. And she was thrown into the back of a police vehicle and booked into jail. WOW!
This incident was discussed on every news channel, in print, on the web, on YouTube. My question is “What does it take to protect nurses from assault at work?” Has anything changed? Not that I can see. Has anyone proposed legislation to protect nurses at the work place? If there has been proposed legislation at the federal level, we are not privy to that information.
The end of this story has a happy ending in that she was released, got an apology from the Chief of Police and the Mayor, and now we find out that the police officer in question has been fired. Yea, or is it? It seems like a knee-jerk reaction to this situation with no attempt at resolving the issue.
I am sure that this nurse did not want the police officer to lose his livelyhood, but she may have wanted him chastised, maybe fined, and sent back for more intensive training in the laws of this country. All in all, I feel that this has been a no-win situation all the way around.
Nurses everywhere continue to be assaulted, abused, and injured doing the job they love to do–helping others. Am I the only person who sees this as a significant problem?