Archive: April, 2012
In September 2005, Charles Kunkle was paged to the St. Mary Medical Center emergency room (ER) to find that a patient had shot and killed one local police officer, and wounded another officer and one of the hospital employees.
Kunkle, R.N., director of Emergency and Trauma Services at St Mary, learned a painful lesson first hand about violence against nurses in the workplace. He has since dedicated himself to improving the situation.
"Bucks County is the third oldest county in the state, and although we are not a city hospital, violence comes from many avenues—psychiatric patients, aging patients with dementias, drug withdraw, etc. No facility can ignore the problem,” Kunkle says.
Kunkle, now travels nationwide, speaking at conferences about workplace safety, sharing the lessons he has learned.
Two weeks ago, I posted the story of an emergency room nurse at a center city hospital, who was attacked by a patient. Today, a similar tale from a different setting - a 130-bed suburban psychiatric hospital.
This story is about a nurse with 37 years of experience, who has practised as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at a doctor’s office, a nursing home, and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. For the past 6 years, she has worked at the psychiatric hospital.