Health care workers’ safety increasingly at risk

Violent incidents against nurses, others on the rise at local hospitals #

Shannon Sathre was supposed to have the day off, but a staff shortage and the prospect of time-and-a-half pay lured her from her couch into the inten­sive care unit at Peace­Health South­west Medical Center.

Hours into that Dec. 20 overtime shift, one of Sathre’s patients lashed out, kicking the 49-year-old regis­tered nurse multiple times in the chest, according to a Vancouver Police Depart­ment report.

That violent encounter wasn’t the first for Sathre, who has been a nurse for more than 20 years, and it wasn’t the only workplace violence incident at the hospital last year. Sathre’s incident was one of 147 incidents reported to Peace­Health South­west admin­is­tra­tors in 2017.

THE COLUMBIAN: Health care workers’ safety increasingly at risk (4/29/18)