In today’s blog we continue our look into professions where a little self-defense knowledge could certainly help avoid a potentially dangerous situation from getting out of hand leading to possible injury. Today, the world of the nurse.
Maria Needham 27 of Aurora Illinois has spent 6 happy years being a nurse at the local hospital without incident until one night changed everything.
“I was on my regular night shift and on this particular night we were short staffed so a co-worker and myself had the whole ward to take care of which was ok, just would take a little longer until day shift started.”
“Not a big deal, I mean, what could go wrong? I`m still doing the same job as any other night.” Well, quite a lot was about to wrong on this night for Maria.
“I had gone into a small storage room for some clean blankets when suddenly the door closed behind me and the lights went out! I called out who is it? what do you want? But no response at all.”
“This is when it started to really creep me out as I could clearly see the shadow of someone stood there but no one was responding to my questions, my heart-rate suddenly increased, and I began to sweat.”
“For a few tense seconds I was totally frozen in fear not knowing what to do next, but before I could say anything else, they grabbed me and wrestled me to the ground hitting me a few times in the process and knocking several items off the shelves.”
“The other nurse on duty heard the commotion and had alerted security who came and restrained my attacker who was a patient in my ward, a particularly nasty elderly man who always thought it funny to talk dirty to me, I guess this attack proved he had more on his mind than just talking dirty.”
“The worrying thing to me was the fact that even though he was twice my age he was also twice as strong as myself and I was powerless to stop him, I’d hate to think what he would have done had security not arrived in time. I can see now the fact he turned out the lights is what really saved me simply because that’s what alerted my co-worker to see what all the noise was.”
After this attack Maria quit her job not feeling safe anymore doing the job she loved.
This is another example of how certain jobs carry a risk from attack and yet another example of workers needing training in self-defense.
It was only by luck Maria`s co-worker heard the commotion going on in the storage room after the patient had turned out the lights before attacking Maria.
A little self-defense training here could really have stopped the attack before it even started by putting the patient in a restraining hold avoiding injury to both sides and not putting Maria in a position of feeling unsafe and needing to quit her job.
At first you might be surprised reading about a nurse being attacked on duty by a patient but think about it, they are in a vulnerable position at times and certainly would benefit knowing some self-defense.
Are you a nurse that has experienced any kind of attack? If so, were you able to successfully defend yourself?