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 damage a nurse?”

Nurses themselves are sometimes conflicted, Livaccari says. “We’re right here to assist. We’re right here as caregivers. We need to maintain 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.’” 

Actually, many are taught to just accept violence as a part of the job. If nurses inform hospital directors or colleagues a few violent incident, they may reply, “Effectively, that simply occurs,” says Kraus, a registered nurse. 

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

Many nurses imagine that gender performs a task in why their issues about violence aren’t taken extra significantly and have gained so little public consideration. “It’s at all times been a female-dominated occupation, and it’s at all times been mistreated, frankly,” Brogan says. Based on him, 87% of U.S. nurses are girls.

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, girls are subjected to extra sexual abuse, reminiscent of 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 outdoors 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 at all times a type of individuals telling nurses, ‘Pay attention, we have now to face up for ourselves,’” Kamara says. “Some individuals come into the hospital and do worse than they might outdoors as a result of they understand outdoors, they may get arrested and be held accountable. Nevertheless, once they come into the hospital, they don’t.”