Okay, first, read this tale over at Dr. Whitecoat's blog.
Just for reference, I may have mentioned this subject before.
And I may, perhaps, keep bringing it up until any assault on any health care provider gets you an instant non-negotiable 24-hour stay in the Graybar Motel, just like wife-beaters and drunk drivers.
One, because that's not too much to expect, and
Two, because it's f***ing the way it should be.
We have, in the referenced tale, a perfectly reasonable description of an incident that happens with tedious regularity, especially in emergency departments, but in fact, throughout healthcare, and we yawn at a situation where someone committed criminal battery on the nurse, then multiple staff members, but had to rise to actually assaulting and battering a police officer - a man with multiple backup officers right next to him, and a tazer, bulletproof vest, service pistol, and 50+ rounds of ammunition on him, as opposed to someone in cotton hospital pajamas with just an ID tag for armorplate - before anything like a certainty of a trip to jail, rather than merely being tenderly escorted onto the street, was contemplated.
How do I feel about that? Thanks for asking.
My apologies if I was too subtle there.
To be fair, the story wasn't the first one Whitecoat has referenced; tales of ED violence around the country and around the world are a regular feature on his blog, because they're so easy to find, again and again and again. This one just frosted me, because of the tacit acknowledgement that "that's just the way it is".
When we, as a work unit, as a hospital, as a profession, as an entire segment of society, agree to let ourselves get kicked in the crotch daily, as though it was okay, guess what's going to happen to you and I tomorrow?
If you guessed "get kicked in the crotch again", congratulations.
Enough is enough.
Start rattling cages, and get the monkeys working for you for a change, instead of sucking up to their Press-Ganey score whores.
Or start making plans to bury your friends.
Because if you think the nutbags who keep shooting up Gun Free Zones at schools aren't going to figure out very soon it'll work at hospitals too, you're certifiably insane.