Events like these are not uncommon nowadays. Nurses face a growing pattern of violence, whether in an ER, psychiatric ward or even just patrolling the floors.
All health care workers, nurses especially, face workplace hazards every day in a hospital setting. In fact, hospital workers suffered more than 275,000 injuries and illnesses in 2008, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). An unsettling number of the injuries resulted from patient attacks.