I applaud the Joint Commission for addressing this issue. Inappropriate behavior in a public setting such as nurses' stations and hallways reflects professional disrespect of the patients these people treat. I work in a suburban hospital. Today I heard a nursing staffer tell a story about how recently a husband had instructed his wife to hit anybody who was hurting her. He had apparently done this repeatedly.
I was appalled that no one had taken up for the staff and confronted the husband for his behavior. I asked what this staffer did. She said nothing, because she could lose her job for being disrespectful! This is yet another reflection of inappropriate behavior playing out over years. Patients are not deaf and mute for the most part. The patients are always listening and reflect accepted behaviors.
Georgine Sutkowski, R.N.Case managerPorter HospitalValparaiso
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