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Hospital Stands By Nurses in Harassment Trial

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 23, 2012

Perhaps the proof is in the pudding at Northern Westchester Hospital, which has a long list of quality accolades. For example, it was recognized in September in the Joint Commission's annual report, Improving America's Hospitals, as a top performer in key quality measures. It was also recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of New York's leading regional hospitals.

Showing support for nurses is important when it comes to matters like improved quality, but it's also crucial for ensuring their safety. Many studies have shown that violence against healthcare workers is alarmingly prevalent, including a brand new one from the Merit Systems Protection Board.

That report, Employee Perceptions of Federal Workplace Violence, concluded that "employees who experience the largest incidence of client-based workplace violence are employees in the healthcare industry," particularly nurses. Also, women were more likely to be victims of workplace violence than men.

Violence against nurses is bad enough, but now these nurses are at the center of a very public trial. What a relief it must to at least have the hospital on their side, and what a relief to the other nurses who know that the hospital will back them up when they're trying to do their jobs.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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Linda (10/30/2012 at 11:26 AM)
I totally agree with the hospital supporting these staffers in this situation. They were clearly following their hospital"s standard for safety. It boggles my mind that anyone would take a newborn infant out the hospital to get some fresh air without checking with the nurse who would check MD orders (although never heard of a MD writing such an order). In addition,never heard of anyone doing such a thing involving an infant. What - he oculdn't wait until the baby was actually dscharged - was a day or two going to make that big of a difference when the infant inhaled "fresh air"? As much pollutants in the environment I think he would have waited to exposed the infant. I feel empathy for the mother & infant if this is any example of his character of being a father. Not here to judge but perhaps he should have thought and asked questions before he acted!

Lance (10/24/2012 at 9:44 AM)
I am VERY happy to see how the administration and attorneys for the hospital are standing by the nurses in this trial. IMO, this is simply another example of a Kennedy family member who, instead of wearing the name of the most famous American family with dignity, is using that name to get whatever he wants, rules be damned.