RFK Son Accused of Fighting Nurses at NY Hospital--Acquitted of charges
- 2Feb 25, '12 by DoGoodThenGoA son of Robert F. Kennedy is facing misdemeanor charges after fighting with nurses at a suburban New York hospital while trying to carry his newborn son out of the maternity ward.
- 11Feb 25, '12 by Tina, RNIn the past, I have floated to mother-baby units. Granted, it wasn't very often. However, I have never, ever seen a family member being allowed to take a newborn outside for "fresh air"!? Why would this father think it was OK??
I was shocked when I read this. Note, the patient is very wealthy and well-known. And, of course, the doctor feels it was all the nurses' fault. If this person has that kind of temper with nurses in a hospital, I can not even imagine how he treats his family at home...
Story: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.1028365Last edit by brian on Feb 27, '12 : Reason: formatting
- 3Feb 25, '12 by cayenne06, MSN, RNHis behavior was completely unacceptable toward the nurses and other staff, but I have to say I would be LIVID if someone tried to snatch my baby! I am guessing it is a security risk to take a baby outside before they are discharged, what with the bracelets and all? My kids were born at home and I took them outside the next day, but I understand it is different in a hospital setting.
- 18Feb 25, '12 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorTaking the baby out for some air????? In JANUARY???? WTH? and that DR. saying the nurses were the "aggressors" I hope will never have another peaceful day at work sicne he threw those nurses under the bus for the good ole boy club....I agree with one of the comments left by MARYG....
"According to MSNBC, this incident occurred on January 7th. It has been investigated, sworn testimony was heard, and videotapes were reviewed. The DA ultimately decided to file charges against Mr. Kennedy.
As long as that baby is a patient in that hospital, the nurses on that unit are responsible for him. Hospital policy never lets anyone take a newborn off the unit, not even a parent. If Mr. Kennedy wanted to take his son out for some fresh air, he should have signed him out AMA and gone home. Can you imagine if every parent wanted to do this. How does a nurse keep track of it? Also, Dr Haydock is an ER physician who according to some reports encouraged Kennedy to take his baby out. If that is the case, I would expect him to be disciplined as he has no authority to do that."
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What I want to know is why hasn't he been charged with a felony......
The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), the New York Organization of Nurse Executives (NYONE) and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) have partnered to produce and distribute a poster designed to raise awareness of the serious problem of violence against nurses and support safer working environments in healthcare facilities. The poster, which is being mailed to hospitals and healthcare facilities around the state, informs people that it is a felony to assault a nurse who is on duty.
“Many people don’t realize the magnitude of the problem of violence against nurses. We hope that this clear, visual reminder of the legal consequences will encourage people to take a step back when situations get hot,” said Tina Gerardi, MS, RN, CAE, CEO of the Nurses Association, the state's largest professional association and union for registered nurses.
The poster features a red stop sign on a black background with the text: “Assaulting a nurse is a shame. And it’s a crime. It’s a felony in New York State to assault a nurse on duty.”
The law that makes it a felony to assault a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) while on duty went into effect on November 1, 2010. A number of factors, including the fact that many healthcare facilities are open and accessible 24 hours a day, that nurses are often relatively isolated in their work, the availability of medications, and the innate stress of a healthcare setting, combine to create situations in which nurses experience a very high risk of violence at work. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly 500,000 nurses a year are victims of workplace violence.
Poster Campaign Seeks to Reduce Violence Against Nurses | Press Releases | NYS Nurses Association
- 6Feb 25, '12 by CT Pixie, ASN, RNWell how convienent, the doctor who witnessed it says “I witnessed the incident and I can state unequivocally that the nurses were the only aggressors,” said Haydock. Also happens to be a longtime family friend of Douglas Kennedy
Douglas Kennedy, RFK's son, charged with child endangerment over hospital melee stating:
"Fox News, which employs Kennedy, 44, as a reporter, wrote that Kennedy was in the company of doctor and longtime family friend Timothy Haydock "when nurse Anna Margaret Lane tried to stop him entering an elevator and then a stairwell.""
- 32Feb 25, '12 by JolieAs usual, the press article is missing many important details.
For those unfamiliar with basic security in maternity units, it is almost a universal policy that babies NOT be hand-carried in hallways (or any area outside of the nursery or mom's room). This is an easy way to quickly visualize that an individual who may not be authorized to handle an infant is doing so. Virtually every hospital has a policy requiring any staff member to approach, question and stall any individual seen hand carrying a newborn in any area of the hospital. This simple measure has the potential to prevent an abductor from getting to an exit with a baby.
Every maternity unit has some type of enhanced security measures. I'm not familiar with this one in particular, but I assume if a Kennedy is delivering there, it is state of the art. It is likely that the father tripped an alarm by removing the baby from the immediate area. That would explain the immediate response of multiple staff members who may have reacted in a rather assertive manner toward the individual (obviously not a staff member and not a mother) walking off the unit with a newborn. If the physician witnessed the encounter, he certainly could have intervened by identifying the father to the nurses and offering to escort the man back to the unit while proper arrangements were made for a "field trip." That he apparently did nothing to defuse the tension nor assist the nurses in their efforts to maintain the security of the infant is indefensible. Even if the nurses knew that he was the father, they were right to attempt to stop him. I have dealth with more than one family experiencing mental health, separation/divorce/custody and other legal issues that raised justifiable concerns regarding the possibility that a family member might try to remove a newborn from the hospital. I wold not rule out that possibility here.
I believe WestChester Med. Ctr. is in New York. This happened in January. Simple common sense would indicate that taking a newborn clad in a diaper, T-shirt and blanket outside in that climate is just plain stupid.
So we have stupid, entitled and aggressive. Great qualities in a father.
- 6Feb 25, '12 by Spidey's mom, ADN, BSN, RN GuideWow, that is an amazing story.
I'm not sure the public is aware of how a post-partum unit works.
With all the scares of infant abduction, things are run a bit tighter.
Edited to add . . .. thanks Jolie, you mentioned all the things I was going to say!