A nurse on the night shift rushed toward the sounds of conflict as her shift ended last week. As she rounded the corner, she
saw one of the new Health Care Techs pinning a patient against the wall. She called for help and rushed forward to attempt to pull the Health Care Tech away since she knew the patient and felt safe in releasing him.
The Health Care Tech pushed her away with force and she was thrown against a metal door jamb where she struck her head. After being treated at the
local emergency facility, she was reported to be in stable condition at press time.
Other employees who came on duty after the incident described the injured
nurse as a caring, soft-spoken patient advocate. They are all hoping for
a swift recovery and plan to visit her often and offer their support.
Experts say that employees who have been attacked
often have a difficult time re-entering the work unit. The nurse's supervisor said that the injured nurse will receive counseling and time off from work
as needed according to their personnel rules.
When asked if these types of violent incidences are typical, the supervisor said no. She reported that they have suspended the Health Care Tech and are investigating the incident.
She said that this incident was not typical and their Health Care Techs are generally screened very well and trained on the
proper methods of patient restraint.