Cash-rich hospitals have done little to prevent violence against nurses and other medical staff.
A 24-year-old nurse at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee sensed no reason to worry when she went into a patient’s room one morning in August. Staff prepared the young man for discharge, and a co-worker asked her to take his vitals.
She did what she was taught at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin: She asked him to sit on the bed. Instead of complying, she said, the 29-year-old man shoved her against the wall, pinned her there and grabbed her genitals.
When a co-worker came into the room, the man stepped back, and she was able to flee.
The attack was traumatic, she said, and the hospital’s response made it worse.