If you are anything like me, you have been entranced by a recent video of a nurse being forcibly removed from her job and harassed by a police officer, just for standing up for a patients rights. I admit that when I first saw it, I felt sick. I was shocked and angry. I heard the supervisor on the phone talking her through and I saw her read everything out to the officer, and I kept thinking, this is why we have policy. This is why we have protections for employees and patients.
I don't work in medicine and I don't work in in law enforcement, but these are two extremely difficult jobs. One of the things that broke my heart even more was to see them in corners against each other. These are occupations that both put service over self in so many ways. They both work countless hours to help people. They work to help the community. While every job is important in its own way, I would like to believe that a special place in heaven is reserved for people who work in these fields.
I am still angry about this video. My anger has changed since I first watched it though. Now I am angry because so many people are going to judge all law enforcement because this guy was a jerk.
That nurse had every right to press charges, but she isn't. She is accepting the apologies of his superiors and continuing her work. That officer is under investigation, as he should be. Just remember that not all officers are under investigation because of this. Not all of them have terrible tempers and reason right from wrong. Most law enforcement leave home every day not knowing if they will come home that night. Most nurses wonder what pain they will see that day. These people are not much different. They are both incredibly human. They deserve to be treated that way.