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Nurses Get Pushed Around, Again

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, February 28, 2012

Aggression involving nurses is at the center of a he-said-she-said dispute that pits Douglas Kennedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy, against the nurses caring for his newborn son. It seems that a misunderstanding between the two parties somehow escalated into a physical confrontation that's gained national attention.

Kennedy was arrested on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment after a Jan. 7 struggle with two nurses at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. According to media reports, the nurses allege that Kennedy twisted one of their wrists and kicked the other when they tried to stop him from taking his newborn son outside for some "fresh air."

In a statement provided to HealthLeaders Media, the hospital said:
"On January 7th, 2012 an incident occurred involving a patient's family member and NWH staff members. At Northern Westchester Hospital, patient safety is our priority and we completely support the actions of our nursing staff in this case as they were clearly acting out of concern for the safety of a newborn baby. Out of respect to all parties involved, we are not elaborating on the details of this incident or providing any additional comments."

Yet the folks in Kennedy's corner have come out swinging hard against the nurses, saying that they tried to grab at his baby. He calls the allegations against him "absurd" and "sickening," and says anything he did was simply an attempt to protect his son.

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4 comments on "Nurses Get Pushed Around, Again"


Robert Prehn (3/5/2012 at 2:27 PM)
Congratulations to the nurses for doing their duty. Congratulations to the hospital's administration for standing behind their nurses 100%. Shame on Mr Kennedy for his behavior.

long time RN (3/3/2012 at 10:46 AM)
Immediately on hearing this news, knew something was 'fishy'. Fathers are not allowed to simply waltz out of the hospital with their newborns for some 'fresh air'. I suspect there is much more to this story that is unreported and I commend the nurses involved for doing the right thing. Mr. Kennedy should be ashamed of himself.

Purnima Krishna (2/29/2012 at 12:12 PM)
Being a nurse myself, I was appalled by the incident. This matter should be looked into deeply on the abuse of nurses. The nurses were called "aggresors" by the doctor who witnessed the incident is a total shame. Let him be the buddy of the most influential person in this world but he failed to follow the hospitals rules and of course failed to support his own colleagues. Taking out the newborn baby of the high profile parent outside for "fresh air" in winter seems a little odd idea to begin with. At the end, I am glad that the hospital is supportive of it's nurses.