Tougher Laws on Violence Against Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers

I was treating another Emergency Room patient when the man came in to the hospital’s waiting room, obviously under the influence of drugs, and approached a registered nurse. I’ll call her “Mary Ann,” but that’s not her real name.

All of us on the shift liked Mary Ann. Besides being a hardworking, dedicated nurse, she was a single mom who was raising two teenagers.

All of the sudden a man, who was kindly asked to wait his turn, grabbed Mary Ann by her shirt and started punching her in the face with all the force he could muster.

As she struggled to get away from his vicious assault, security guards and other personnel — me included — tried our best to stop him. Most of us got punched in the melee that ensued, and some of us were spit upon.

By the time we restrained him, Mary Ann’s jaw was broken.

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