Thursday, February 27, 2020

 Can we as healthcare workers change our mindset about being assaulted?

Changing  you mindset and changing your way of thinking!

We as healthcare workers have always given excuses to the patients that have assaulted us and accepted their wonderful apology of "I didn't mean to do that to you I am really sorry"
         Being assaulted in the workplace has to stop! the verbal and physical assaults are at a all time             high and are continuing without help from the powers to be.

    It seems as though a lot of facilities are going to study the problem of assault towards healthcare workers. 

WHAT is there to study? 


Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Is this anyone you know? Has this happened to you at work?

Do you know being assaulted is not part of your job?
it isn't in your job description, if it was would you take the job?
Not only do you have the right to a safe workplace THE LAW MANDATES IT.
OSHA law requires your workplace employer to MAINTAIN THE SAFETY of ALL healthcare workers.
If you don't write out incident reports,talk to the administration to let them know 'they can say I DIDN"T KNOW !

Don't allow anyone to harm you!

Friday, February 14, 2020

                                                                         HEAL THE HEALER

     So many of our healthcare workers are injured and going though so much pain and sorrow.
     We as an organization felt one of our missions should be ; provide support and advocacy for the
     victims. Surveys from ENA and MNA states 70-80% of healthcare workers get assaulted at work       by the patient,patients family or the patients friends. Healthcare violence against healthcare                 personnel is an alarming epidemic.

     Having an assault doesn't end when the bruised jaw heals or the black eye fads. It stays with you .       You wonder am I going to get hurt again? Everyone is busy taking care of patients, but they just         saw what happened to you! You put on a brave face and try to explain it away S/he didn't mean           it, saying quickly "S/he just apologized". That makes it go away RIGHT ? WRONG! You and             your coworkers will remember this for a long time. Have you seen a coworker picked up and               thrown across a room?,Heard the noise of a punch? Seen a coworker trip for no reason?
     We have put up with this for too long, we are not doing anyone any favors,the perpetrators, your          coworkers or yourself. So lets work together and stop the violence against healthcare providers.
      The program Heal the Healer is a support group run by Liz Dalton.
      I am putting on a video that she did with a woman Susie Berg a Certified Health coach.
      It is a well known fact that care givers don't take the time to care for themselves. I am hoping this         video will help someone.
       Please if anyone has any ideas ,please email them to me at or comment           below.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020


     Working in the Emergency room for many years ,you meet many different people. The       

     Emergency room is for sick people. The waiting room is for the people that can wait for a while.

     If the triage nurse feels a person is too ill to wait in the waiting she/he will bring that person to the 

     emergency room right away.A few examples would be, Chest pain, diabetic crisis, asthma 

     wheezing, seizures etc. Depending on the staff and how sick this person is ,the person could be 

     seen quickly by MD or not, however the nurse that is inside the ER will be checking you. 

     To walk in an Emergency room and be seen quickly is rare.

     Once the nurse evaluates you ,depending on your complaint s/he may draw blood,do a ekg, put in        
     an IV and run fluids possibly order an x-ray. This is not the whole list I am just giving you an 

     idea So when the Physician comes in all of these tests could be completed. This makes it faster

    and easier for you. The wait isn't so long.Waiting on the results of tests.

   The reason I am writing this is Two nurses were assaulted because a patient "got enraged at the 

   wait times"!!!!! This person had an IV in his arm and he probably had blood work and the rest of         
    the tests as mentioned above but he didn't want to wait now ,he wanted out! So he started 

    assaulting the nurses ,Two nurses were assaulted for doing their job! This has to stop

   This man was arrested, after the nurses finished his treatment. he was booked.I don't know the end 

    result I wish it was written, It would be nice to have him wait in a jail cell.

   So in conclusion how long do you think you should wait before you are seen in the ER? 


Monday, February 10, 2020

                             Tougher  Penalties for Patients who assault healthcare workers

     Many states have the felony law for assaulting healthcare workers, a total of 36 if
    I am correct. I was just re reading an article that was published by Hawaii tribune back in 2018.

    There were 1,075 assaults against healthcare workers in Hawaii hospitals, nursing homes ,and           
    patients homes in 2017.

    A hearing by the House Health and Human Services Committee was held Tuesday morning , The       
    Committee recommended unanimously that HB 1906 should pass.
    This new legislation does not apply to patients with conditions such as dementia,exacerbation of     
    schizophrenia or acute traumatic brain injury.

    This is a short read from the 2018 that was in the Hawaii news 
    (https:www.hawaiitribune,com/category/hawaii- news)

     Congratulations to these lawmakers and the Healthcare workers that stood up and spoke out!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Senator Michael Brady SB 838 And Representative Paul Tucker HB1578
bills went to study    WHY?

We want to let all know the status of HB 1578 and SB 838. 
These bills were sent to the Judicial Committee
  HB 1578
We went to the State House January 15th to meet up with Michael Brady to get an update on SB 838  At that time we were informed that the Bill was in the Judicial Committee for review.  We discussed the bill with Michael Brady’s Staff.  We asked that this bill not be sent to Study as this was the case in previous tries to get this bill passed.  Either the bill would be redirected to another committee or it would be sent to Study.  If sent to study the bill is dead. 
There is so much rhetoric when you speak to a legislator. Seems they are dancing around the subject you are looking for a response.  We just found out for these bills HB 1578 and senate bill 838 was sent to study.  These bills are dead in the water.  
There is always an excuse on why a bill is not passed.  At the last session the focus was on Health Care Reform.  I am guessing the bills we had perhaps would not have applied to the last session. 
There is always an excuse as to why the bills did not pass.   Do they really tell you the truth?  I doubt it. 
Inclusion, it does not matter that there are 36 states that have a felony law in place.   So the victim that has been injured is not in the equation.   We have been working on these Bills, for at least 6 years.  We have heard many comments on why these do not pass.  The only way in our opinion is if there is monetary value for the state that bill will probably be passed.  They forget there is a human being that has been injured in a hospital setting. 

We would like to hear your comments on this issue of helping the medical community.   

Thursday, February 6, 2020


                                        WHICH FACILITY IS GOING TO DO SOMETHING?

     Maybe I have been at this for toooooo long, I just read about another hospital talking about the violence in their place.I think the jest of the story is yes they will look into it.
Look into WHAT? The solution is really simple
your employees are getting assaulted, they are on workman comp then disability. you no longer have a healthcare worker, leaving the facility understaffed. That means staff shortages,its effects on the workers,the public you are suppose to care for.
  Federal law: under federal law you are entitled to a safe workplace

  Your employer  MUST provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards.

Why is it taking so long????????