Randolph Smith: Arrest of ER nurse is no-win situation
To the editor:
Being a nurse and former ER psychiatric patient in the past, I can speak from both perspectives about the arrest of Steven Coughlin for allegedly assaulting a patient at Cooley Dickinson Hospitalin August (“CDH nurse repudiates assault rap,” Nov. 23).
It’s a no-win situation. The ER nurse is placed in horrible situation, most times without proper help.
Do I believe the patient got injured? Yes.
Do I believe the nurse did everything he could to control the situation and to try to protect the patient from harm to himself and others? Yes.
As an RN with 10 years of experience working in an ER, and as an out-of-control ER patient in the past, I have seen both sides.
Shame on Cooley Dickinson Hospital for throwing a dedicated nurse under the bus.