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May 9, 2022

Nurse Attacked at Bronx Hospital with Scissors

Nurse Attacked at Bronx Hospital with Scissors
Kathleen Gaines
By: Kathleen Gaines News and Education Editor, MSN, RN, BA, CBC

Image: NY Post

The article contains graphic images. 

Another shift. Another act of violence against a nurse. And there is video proof. 

Luis Medina, 30, was taken to Bronx Hospital after being arrested for stabbing a woman during a domestic dispute in the Bronx. Suffering from minor injuries, he was handcuffed to the bed on one side and had police stationed inside and outside his room. 

While being treated for his injuries, he began to act erratically, screaming, and throwing anything he could get his hands on. He grabbed a pair of scissors out of her hand and attacked the 26-year-old nurse in the head that was treating him. 

Thankfully, the nurse was not injured physically and was able to flee the room to get immediate help. 

What happens next is even more insane. And it was all caught on body cam video. 

Image: NY Post

Medina is jumping out of the hospital bed with his wrist still handcuffed to the bed as he attempts to slash at the cop stationed in the room. 

When he slips and falls, the cop uses a Taser before leaving the room for backup. In the video, Medina is seen getting up fairly quickly after dropping to the ground and lunging at the door where several police officers and hospital secuirty are stationed. They shut the door to call for additional help. Medina is seen trying to get out of the handcuffs as the video continues. 

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Nurses React

Popular Instagrammer, Nurse Erica reacted to the posted a lengthy video about her reactions to the violence against the nurse in the Bronx. 

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Nurses are really upset over the incident but also completely fed up with how nurses are consistently treated while trying to help others. 

Violence Against Nurses

Unfortunately, this attack isn’t the first in recent years. In fact, violence against nurses is an ongoing and very real concern of nurses throughout the country. 

On Monday, October 4th, 2021 certified nursing assistant Anrae James was murdered at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while on his unit. According to news reports, 55-year-old Stacey Hayes drove to the hospital around 12:08 a.m. Monday in a U-Haul, walked to the ninth floor wearing blue scrubs and shot James. He was pronounced dead shortly after. Unfortunately, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, “the reasons why, at this point, we still don't know.”

In April 2019, Lynne Truxillo, a 56-year-old nurse at a hospital in Baton Rouge, LA, saved another nurse by pulling away from a patient who was attacking her. The man turned on Truxillo, grabbed her by the neck, and struck her head on a desk. She died several days later from complications related to the assault. 

At the Northeast Georgia Health System — which has four hospitals in Gainesville, Barrow, Braselton, and Lumpkin — the security response team has been called to intervene and protect a staff member from harm more than doubled from 2019 to 2020 — from 349 incidents to 711. Security reports show notes from a patient pinning a nurse against a door, pressing her head into it. The patient had hurt himself at the same time, and blood spilled onto the floor. Another report documents a patient grabbing a nurse by her wrist and kicking her in the ribs.

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