During her career as a nurse working both in multigenerational and pediatric emergency departments, Deena Brecher has been on the receiving end of some frightening and violent behavior. She can recall taking care of an intoxicated adolescent who was spitting and kicking at her and another nurse. In short order, Brecher was hit, and the other nurse suffered a neck injury when the patient ripped off her necklace. In another incident, Brecher was threatened with a knife while working triage.
“Even though a security guard was two feet behind me, it was still scary,” said Brecher, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CPEN, immediate past president of the Emergency Nurses Association. “It puts you on alert.” (more…)
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