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During my clinical placement in the medical ward, I found myself conflicted to the
withholding of treatment policy applied in the hospital. The policies provided for withdrawal of
treatment for patients who were considered to be of violent, derogatory, of malicious intents both
to staff members and other patients, theft and other such demeanor considered contrary to
common decency. I felt this policy was harsh and ignored diversity in patient behaviors as well
as being discriminative to potential mentally ill patients.
This prompted me to seek further clarification from the ward manager on the policy and
its development. The ward manager was helpful and explained to me as well as quoting a
number of occasions where nurses, more so young female nurses, suffered sexual abuse,
harassment from patients. She retrieved incident reports detailing previous cases of physical
assault on nurses, incidents of patients caught trying to steal drugs from the wards. I sought
further information from the security officers and was met with more gory experiences of staff
by violent patients. I reviewed articles on violence on nurses which detailed shocking
experiences by nurses and the lack of mechanisms to prevent it. Taylor, (2010) in her account of
such experience condemns any violence against health providers and encourages development of
policy statements to guard against such.
After the elaborations given and my review of research on violence by patients against
health providers, I concluded that the policy was a necessary evil. The policy not only protects
the care providers, but also protects other patients, ensures reduced disruptions in service
delivery and legally protects the health care providers from negligence in such scenarios. This
experience enabled me to understand the policy better and its implications.
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References
Taylor, J. (2010). Workplace Violence. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 110(3), 11.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.naj.0000368933.60442.41

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During my clinical placement in the medical ward, I found myself conflicted to the withholding of treatment policy applied in the hospital. The policies provided for withdrawal of treatment for patients who were considered to be of violent, derogatory, of malicious intents both to staff members and other patients, theft and other such demeanor considered contrary to common decency. I felt this policy was harsh and ignored diversity in patient behaviors as well as being discriminative to potential mentally ill patients. This prompted me to seek further clarification from the ward manager on the policy and its development. The ward manager was helpful and explained to me as well as quoting a number of occasions where nurses, more so young female nurses, suffered sexual abuse, harassment from patients. She retrieved incident reports detailing previous cases of physical assault on nurses, incidents of patients caught trying to steal drugs from the wards. I sought further information from the security officers and was met with more gory experiences of staff by violent patients. I reviewed articles on violence on nurses which detailed shocking experiences by nurses and the lack of mechanisms to prevent it. Taylor, (2010) in her account of such experience condemns any violence against health providers and encourages development of policy statements to guard against such. After the elaborations given and my review of research on violence by patients against health providers, I concluded that the policy was a necessary evil. The policy not only protects the care providers, but also protects other patients, ensures reduced disruptions in service delivery and legally protects the health care providers from negligence in such scenarios. This experience enabled me to understand the policy better and its implications. References Taylor, J. (2010). Workplace Violence. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 110(3), 11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.naj.0000368933.60442.41 Name: Description: ...
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