Jason Brooks, president and CEO of DT4EMS, leads an organization that trains nurses and first responders in methods to deal with assaults. One course is titled, “Escaping Violent Encounters for Well being Care Professionals.” When he strikes up conversations on the airport about his line of labor, persons are shocked. They ask him, “Why would anybody need to harm a nurse?”

Nurses themselves are sometimes conflicted, Livaccari says. “We’re right here to assist. We’re right here as caregivers. We need to deal with individuals. It’s very easy for us to excuse the habits. ‘They didn’t imply to harm me. They didn’t imply to punch me within the face.’” 

The truth is, many are taught to simply accept violence as a part of the job. If nurses inform hospital directors or colleagues a couple of violent incident, they may reply, “Nicely, that simply occurs,” says Kraus, a registered nurse. 

“Nicely, it shouldn’t occur,” he says, “and we shouldn’t permit that to be the norm.”

Many nurses consider that gender performs a job in why their issues about violence aren’t taken extra significantly and have gained so little public consideration. “It’s all the time been a female-dominated career, and it’s all the time been mistreated, frankly,” Brogan says. In accordance with him, 87% of U.S. nurses are ladies.

As one commenter wrote after Nurse Liz’s episode, “It’s OK to hit a nurse, however not a police officer.”

Whereas male nurses are assaulted, too, ladies are subjected to extra sexual abuse, corresponding to grabbing thighs or touching buttocks or being groped, Livaccari says.

Kamara additionally has seen groping within the emergency room. “It’s not OK for a person to grope you whilst you’re exterior strolling. Then it’s not OK for them to do it in a hospital, particularly when a affected person is absolutely conscious of what’s occurring.”

“I’m all the time a kind of individuals telling nurses, ‘Pay attention, we now have to face up for ourselves,’” Kamara says. “Some individuals come into the hospital and do worse than they’d exterior as a result of they understand exterior, they’ll get arrested and be held accountable. Nevertheless, after they come into the hospital, they don’t.”