This:Read the article.... it isn't as simple as many of you are making it out to be.
And she didn't quit, per se. She refused to go on a non-emergency run involving a patient who had previously assaulted her and gave her a concussion, which the company's policy translates into a voluntary resignation of employment.
and i'd probably quit too before I was forced to be in a confined space with someone who previously gave me a head injury.
Refusing to take a call in my area is usually met with a finial written or you are fired. Respond to the call but stage away and ask for LEO or respond to the call and assess what is going on."Kindsey Swim said she quit after getting a call to help a patient she said injured her."
"Swim said dispatchers refused to transfer the call to other crews willing to take it, so she chose to walk away."
Sounds pretty simple. She herself stated she quit, the OP posted a false title to grab attention. Cut and dry.
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Bingo!!!!I dont feel the company made a reasonable (or really any) effort to protect her.
So then how do we deal with this patient? If she was assaulted by this patient isn't there the possibility that this patient will attempt to assault any other provider? So should the agency send in another crew who might get assaulted? How many times has this patient been transported prior without assaulting anyone? What other ways is this patient going to get to his treatment location? If I'm running an IFT and I need LEO for something I have never had them not respond. If the patient is a danger to others but has to be transported then this patient will be restrained with all the seatbelts and 4 soft limb restraints.Bingo!!!!
The first time it happened it was unexpected and unavoidable. The second time, the company did nothing to protect her, or prevent it from happening again. "Go on this run and risk another concussion or we accept your voluntary resignation, effective immediately." I'd quit too, but I wouldn't say it's as simple as saying "she quit, nothing to see here."
BTW, unless I'm misreading this, it was a non-emergency run. Might be different by you, but it's rare to have LEO with you on a private agency non-emergency assignment, and even rarer for them to transport with you.