Attacks on Dayton healthcare workers highlight dangers of nursing

Ohio law doesn’t go far enough to hold aggressive patients accountable, a nurse said tonight following recent reports of attacks in healthcare workers in Dayton.

On Tuesday night, a Miami Valley Hospital nurse told police a patient purposefully ran into her with a wheelchair.

The next day, a woman said God told her to assault two Dayton Fire Department medics in the ambulance on the way to Miami Valley Hospital and at the hospital.

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“We shouldn’t have to tolerate this workplace violence,” Nurse Chrissy said.

Nurse Chrissy said she does not tell her patients in a Dayton area ER her last name, and asked we do the same.

“Most of the time we brush it off and keep working because as traumatic as these assaults can be on a nurse ... we have patients we need to take care of,” she said.

Nurse Chrissy said she’s run into violence on the job more times than she can count.

“Some lady spit in my eye and said ‘welcome to Hepatitis C,’  ” she said.

It is all part of a job she said is much more dangerous than most people think. She pointed to an industry study that showed a 110 percent spike in violence at private-sector  hospitals between 2005 and 2014.

“There are times when you go into a room and you think, like, this could go bad and your nursey, spidey sense kind of goes off,” Nurse Chrissy said.

Drugs, particularly the opioid crisis, seems to account for some of the most dangerous situations, she said.

But she said she will keep showing up for work because she loves what she does.

“We might get hit or punched or scratched or called every name in the book, but we also might have the opportunity to save a person’s life.”