Hospitals Working to Keep Nurses Safe

By: Alicia Pryor
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's one of the most dangerous jobs in a hospital, being an emergency room nurse.  The emergency department is very stressful, not only for the employees but the patients and families that visit.

That stress partnered with drunks and drug addicts walking through their doors makes for a dangerous recipe for nurses. 

Over half of nurses across the nation have suffered from abuse, the most common being physical. Violence is more prone to those who work at night. Older nurses aren't shown as much violence as younger ones. And much more aggression is shown to male nurses than to female ones.

There are a lot of illnesses and injuries that people don't know how to deal with so they cope with that and sometimes they react with anger. That anger accounts for nearly 65 percent of nurses being hit, slapped and grabbed at by patients or their families.

With nurses facing dangerous situations on a daily basis what are the hospitals doing to help get a handle on the problem? The Emergency Nurses Association is pushing for legislature to help hospitals put policies in place for violence. Those policies coupled with extra security especially during night time hours will help keep family members, patients and nurses safe.