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Colorado nurses in danger of a toxic work environment

The medical field is one of the most stressful work industries out there. While most jobs deal with selling commodities, doctors and nurses focus on saving or prolonging the lives of as many patients as they can. Even the slightest mistake could be costly for an individual in the long run.

The tasks can take a large toll on the mentality of many workers in the field. Unfortunately, it can also bring out the worst in certain employees. A recent article by CBS Denver highlights the dangerous workplace that many Colorado Nurses have to deal with and their efforts to improve the safety of their environment.

Violent reactions

An incident that prompted a reevaluation of Colorado nurse safety took place in early October at Sky Ridge Medical Center. A nurse saw a male anesthesiologist that is not a typical employee of the facility turning off patient vital sign monitors. After she told him to stop doing that, witnesses reported seeing the doctor grab the nurse by her throat and strangle her. The doctor is currently facing potential charges for second-degree assault and immediately retired from medical practice.

Following the incident, the President of the Colorado Nurses Association spoke to CBS about violence against nurses. She claims that many nurses deal with these types of situations on a daily basis, though a large percentage of the abuse tends to come from patients or family members. However, she believes that the amount of physical or verbal bullying incidents against doctors and nurses may be higher than what is reported, but the employees are discouraged from filing complaints in fear of losing their jobs. Several nurses responding to the doctor’s attack claim that they have been sexually harassed, verbally abused and have had equipment thrown at them.

Unacceptable standards

The president claims that nearly half of the nurses believe that getting assaulted or harassed is part of the job. Almost 90 percent of the nurses in the United States are women. Regardless of how stressful a doctor’s job can be, nurses should not be on the receiving end of their anger. Sexual harassment and physical assault should not be an expected work hazard no matter what industry you are a part of.

Nurses deserve a chance for recovery too. If you or a loved one experienced hostile working conditions in the medical field, an employment law attorney may be able to help you build your case against the abuser so you can return to your position safely.

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