Patient hits nurse with hammer

Patient hits nurse with hammer

There are 84 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Feb 16, 2009, titled Patient hits nurse with hammer. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A nurse at Heartland Health Care Center was hit with a hammer during her shift Sunday by an elderly patient at the nursing facility.

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Tony

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Feb 16, 2009
Old people, lol.
Heartland is Hell

Buckley, MI

#2 Feb 16, 2009
Never ever send a loved one to be there- they are the worst "nursing home" in Michigan. What a joke!- I'm not surprised they got hit with a hammer- it probably took the nurse 12 hours to come to the man's aide when he requested help!
bill

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Feb 16, 2009
he probably heard on the O'Reily Factor that we now have a black President and was taking his anger out.
Hammer Time

Hudsonville, MI

#4 Feb 16, 2009
Sounds like you need to frisk those old people!
johnny sling

Amelia Court House, VA

#5 Feb 16, 2009
How did he obtain a hammer?
betty

Canton, OH

#6 Feb 16, 2009
where did this guy get a hammer the strength to lift and swing it? the gal he hit needs to put her big girl panties on and accept that old people are sometimes goofy.

this is the kind of news i like to start my day with. its better than the sunday comics.
GR RN

Ogden, UT

#7 Feb 16, 2009
I'm so glad they're pressing charges. Violence against nurses is NOT acceptable.

Since: Jul 07

Grandville, MI

#8 Feb 16, 2009
betty wrote:
where did this guy get a hammer the strength to lift and swing it? the gal he hit needs to put her big girl panties on and accept that old people are sometimes goofy.
this is the kind of news i like to start my day with. its better than the sunday comics.
the gal he hit needs to put her big girl panties on and accept that old people are sometimes goofy.

Are you off your rocker? no matter the age it is unacceptable. My sister quit her job because of an unruly client that attacked her almost daily & nobody would do anything about.
So because they are old its ok to abuse & harm others? This is not acting goofy its abuse.
jim

Louisville, CO

#9 Feb 16, 2009
Maybe the story is wrong!

Maybe the Nurse and the patient got hammered!
DJL

United States

#10 Feb 16, 2009
Is this really major news?
Way to go WOOD.
bill

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Feb 16, 2009
DJL wrote:
Is this really major news?
Way to go WOOD.
welcome to Bland Rapids

but, if it wasn't this news. it would just be news about more layoffs.
Amazed

Huntsville, AL

#12 Feb 16, 2009
I would sue the crap out of the patient, no matter how serious the injury was. But sadly, all I would probably end up with would be a dirty bed pan and a catheter.
Amazed

Huntsville, AL

#13 Feb 16, 2009
Is that a hammer in your pocket or you just happy to see me?
DrBenway

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Feb 16, 2009
Damn Granholm. If she was not governor this would not have never happened.
uh oh

Deerfield, IL

#15 Feb 16, 2009
I have yet to visit a nursing home that was good.

No matter how hard they try to take good care of patients, they are woefully understaffed.

Many nursing homes do not care.

I have told my parents that no matter what happens, they will NEVER be put into a nursing home.Never.
Concerned

New York, NY

#16 Feb 16, 2009
betty wrote:
where did this guy get a hammer the strength to lift and swing it? the gal he hit needs to put her big girl panties on and accept that old people are sometimes goofy.
this is the kind of news i like to start my day with. its better than the sunday comics.
Um... ok. Let me come after you and HIT YOU IN THE HEAD WITH A HAMMER and then you 'put your big girl panties on'. This is a skilled nursing facility, meaning there are residents of all ages there, he was quite capable of swinging a hammer and doing damage. The fact that this woman is alive is a miracle. I have no idea why he was allowed to keep a hammer, but this nurse was assulted BY A HAMMER. I am so confused by your lack of outrage
grlady

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Feb 16, 2009
You might be surprised.
Some "nursing home" patients are also younger people as well that have mental illnesses.

It's not just for old people.Many go into a long term care facility for rehabilitation.

“Really? I mean, REAAALLLYY???”

Since: Nov 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Feb 16, 2009
STOP!

Hammer Time!

Ya can't touch this!

Since: Oct 08

Denver, CO

#19 Feb 16, 2009
Hmmm.... nursing home, I take it?

No age given for nurse or patient ..
No info on patient's reason for being there (Alzheimer's?)..

Not enough information provided in "news" article to really evaluate situation. I have witnessed family member with Alzheimer's and violence was something we always anticipated at any given moment. Sometimes all it took was for him to walk past a mirror, thinking he was being followed by his own reflection ...

Now, stop and re-read the article .. the nurse was hit with a hammer, does not state where she was hit and states she was not seriously injured.

Don't embellish the story.
millekat

New York, NY

#21 Feb 16, 2009
I'm surprised no one has mentioned if there was an issue with dementia in the article. Perhaps WOOD TV 8 should investigate that. The real question is how did he get a hammer in the first place?

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