On Friday, September 8, 2023, a male nurse at Rhode Island Hospital faced a harrowing attack by a psychiatric patient, prompting an outpouring of support from both the hospital community and concerned citizens. While the exact details of the incident remain undisclosed due to confidentiality laws, Lifespan, the hospital network overseeing Rhode Island Hospital, confirmed that the victim was working in an inpatient unit at the time of the assault.
Authorities have refrained from releasing the names of both the victim and the suspect involved in the incident. However, they did confirm that the patient responsible for the attack has been taken into custody.
In a heartwarming display of solidarity, a GoFundMe campaign was initiated by a co-worker of the victim, Jeanine Walker Morocco. The fundraiser, initially set with a goal of $5,000, has surpassed all expectations, raising over $43,000 to date. The campaign aims to provide support to the male nurse, described as an exceptional healthcare professional and a devoted father to his two cherished daughters. The GoFundMe page reads:
“In the wake of the traumatic events that happened to a fellow coworker, I’m hoping to help his family. He is a great nurse, but an even better father to his two beautiful and beloved daughters. If you can donate money, please do. If not, consider leaving thoughtful words of encouragement for his work and home families. God Bless.”
Male nurse at Rhode Island Hospital struck by a patient in the inpatient psychiatric unit is in critical condition.
— RINewsToday (@RINewsToday) September 8, 2023
Lifespan, deeply affected by the tragic incident, offered their thoughts and support to the victim’s family. The hospital network refrained from disclosing the extent of the nurse’s injuries due to confidentiality laws but assured that they are providing assistance and support to employees who witnessed the traumatic event. Providence Police and state officials have been alerted, and an investigation is underway.
The Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) also extended its support to the victim’s family and all affected hospital employees. Teresa Paiva Weed, the President of HARI, expressed solidarity and stated:
“The Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) wants to convey our support for the nurse, his family, and everyone at Lifespan affected by this tragic incident.”
Weed acknowledged the concerning increase in violence against healthcare professionals in recent years and stressed that HARI remains committed to working closely with its members to support frontline workers.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges healthcare professionals face in their line of duty, and the rallying of the community in support of the victim and his family highlights the resilience and compassion that can emerge in times of adversity.