Many incidents go unreported as a result of the training and mentality healthcare workers are exposed to, which requires that they should put patient safety above their own. Those interviewed described a culture of violence and threat that affects both female and male healthcare workers, while the organizers put forward the options for redress including reporting to their superiors and even bringing direct charges against assailants. As the law continues to move towards making attacks on healthcare workers a felony, the “My Nurse wears Combat Boots” campaign shows that there is a growing awareness that those in the front lines of patient healthcare delivery know their rights and their options for prosecuting assailants in the event of an attack.
GUARDIAN MPS THINKS:
These initiatives are an excellent way to create awareness and raise issues that are consistent problems in the Healthcare industry. We know only too well how delivery of care to patients, can go wrong and pose a very real and serious threat to the safety of the healthcare professional. We are particularly concerned with those that work in patient homes, in the community and away from cameras and co-workers. While it is true that increased consequences for would-be assailants can act as a deterrent from malicious behavior, there are also a great many cases where the perpetrator or assailant is perhaps not even acting rationally or with reason.