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To not tolerate being punched in the face?

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featherbag Sun 17-Mar-13 18:16:12

I've just been punched in the face whilst at work (Nurse)! I'm gobsmacked! I've had the person arrested and charged, but I've been made to feel (by some colleagues) that an internal incident form would've sufficed. I disagree, I was doing my job in a professional friendly manner as always, why should this ever be thought of as an acceptable risk of going to work? I'm livid!

Corygal Sun 17-Mar-13 20:20:39

He's nasty, not nuts. Throw the book at him. '
Hope you feel better tomorrow. wine

featherbag Sun 17-Mar-13 20:54:19

Thanks for the kind words - really more cross now that the aftermath (statements etc) took me away from my patients for over an hour, placing added pressure on my colleagues. I'm determined not to let it go, I'm livid that this man (!) thought it was fine to hit me, even though I was trying to help him.

PacificDogwood Sun 17-Mar-13 20:59:29

I am totally with you on this one, featherbag - it's been a while since I worked in A+E and I am sure it has not become any less difficult.
I don't think your pride needs to be bruised though - well done for not letting it go.
Any idea what possessed him??

lurkedtoolong Sun 17-Mar-13 21:00:25

YADNBU. If there was no medical reason causing the person to be unable to be in control of their actions (and that doesn't include being drunk/drugged) then there is no excuse and no way you should put up with being punched.

I hope he is charged and I hope you feel better wine flowers

Yfronts Sun 17-Mar-13 21:14:17

you are 100% in the right

Yfronts Sun 17-Mar-13 21:15:12

How will he ever learn if he doesn't have to take responsibility for his actions

Lueji Sun 17-Mar-13 21:21:52

You can ask your colleagues what if you had been seriously injured, taken out of action, possibly taking an hour of their time.
A punch is a punch and could have serious consequences.

YANBU at all.

Shellywelly1973 Sun 17-Mar-13 22:24:42

YANBU!! Take care of yourself. No one should tolerate being on physically attacked.

SomethingOnce Mon 18-Mar-13 01:21:21

You've done us all a favour by holding this man to account.

Hope you're feeling better flowers

MammaTJ Mon 18-Mar-13 02:00:34

in most cases see it as my own fault for not ducking fast enough

I have learnt to recognise the signs and duck quickly in these circumstances. It sound like this time there was no expectation of it or even any warning. YANBU!!

MusicalEndorphins Mon 18-Mar-13 05:18:51

I am glad he didn't injure you more than he did. I believe you were right to lay charges, and your colleagues are martyrs if they tolerate abuse. Hope the rest of your day is better. flowers

Mimishimi Mon 18-Mar-13 06:03:34

YANBU. You should absolutely report any assault to the police and have the person charged. I've heard similar horror stories from a nursing friend at my dance class.

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PacificDogwood Mon 18-Mar-13 09:34:05

I've thought about this a bit more over night and am actually more aghast at some of your colleagues not being more supportive of you having reported this assault to the police.
Hope you are not more stiff/sore today thanks

featherbag Mon 18-Mar-13 10:06:05

I'm fine thanks, got a day off so going to make the most of it, not letting another thought of yesterday intrude on my time away from the place!

pigletpower Mon 18-Mar-13 13:00:50

Poppypebble-I am also a secondary school teacher-why on earth wouldn't the police be called if you were assaulted by a student? First call would be the police and second would be my Union.

itshothere Mon 18-Mar-13 14:25:08

Poor u op.yadnbu. I'm a nurse too and fortunately never encountered such violence. Had the odd nasty uneducated type comments which can easily be ignored or out witted (depending on my mood). I wonder how your colleagues would have reacted if it were them not you? Would an internal report have been sufficient for them? Doubt it. Enjoy your day off and try not to worry about going back there, hold your head high smile .

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