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Nurses Get Pushed Around, Again

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

AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN, president of the ENA and one of this year's HealthLeaders 20, is working to raise awareness of this problem. And violence against nurses isn't limited to the ED. I once witnessed a nine-year-old girl who was recovering from surgery attempt to kick, punch, and bite the nurses who tried to remove her catheter, while her mother stood idly by.

Anyone who's ever been on a maternity ward knows that security is—and should be—extremely tight. One can assume it was even tighter for the Kennedy family. Remember the scene at Lenox hill Hospital in New York last month after the birth of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy Carter?

Patients on maternity wards should be grateful for and understanding of that level of security.

I don't claim to know what happened in this particular incident, but it's encouraging that the hospital is standing by its nurses. All parents—even high-profile ones—should understand although maternity ward security might seem excessive or overly cautious, it's simply in place to protect newborns.

So what if a nurse wants to check or double-check or triple-check your baby's safety? Be understanding. Comply with the rules. And say thank you.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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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.