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Home-Health Nurses Get Lesson in Safety

Posted May 24, 2007

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— Home-care workers in Hoke County responded to the recent rape of a female service worker with a safety seminar by the sheriff's department on Thursday.

"It really scared me," said Liberty Home Health Operations Manager Sherry Bryant. "It scared my staff, because they're out there every day going from house to house."

Raeford police on Monday responded to a call from an Embarq employee who said she was raped by a homeless man while out on a service call.

The registered nurses learned tactics to avoid an attack and how to get away. Authorities say they are especially vulnerable because they work all hours of the day, keep regular schedules and visit patients in dangerous areas.

Hoke County sheriff's deputies urged them to be careful when they're out alone making house calls. Communication is essential.

"Checking in and out, right now, is critical, especially for females," Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said. "And you got people out there who are looking for the opportunity to do something."

The sheriff's office does such safety seminars for local businesses as a public service.


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  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 25, 2007

    Steve you are attempting to make health care workers (females in particular) sound ignorant. Let ME make this plain for YOU: I don't care WHO you are, HOW careful you are, and HOW much you watch your surroundings, there is only so much that ANYONE can do to protect themselves.

    Let's say that I take your advice and have a hand gun; my attacker does not. Being that my attacker is in great shape and I'm not, he overpowers me and takes my gun. Now, on top of getting robbed and raped, I'm going to get shot and probably killed with my own gun. WONDERFUL. Any other suggestions?

  • Steve Crisp May 24, 2007

    OK, this we JUST have to flesh out.

    How does my position that a woman needs protection in the form of a handgun indicate that I am not in the health care field? What do the two have to do with each other?

    And the line, "bushes don't wear sneakers" is widespread in self-defense training courses. Since you are apparently in the health care field, I will explain its meaning for you.

    It means that someone hiding in the bushes will potentially give themselves away if you pay attention to the base of the bush. You know, the part that is not always concealed by leaves? And if you see sneakers, that is a pretty good tipoff that someone may be hiding in there since BUSHES DON'T WEAR SNEAKERS.

    Do you need additional clarification or will that suffice?

  • mom2threecld May 24, 2007

    steve, it is obvious that YOU are NOT in health care. every idiot knows bushes don't wear sneakers. people do get surprise attacks. i myself do homehealth as an RN, i take all the precautions i can, but the meaness of people override all

  • Steve Crisp May 24, 2007

    Why? Do nurses and physicians have some special powers that prevent them from harm? Or the opposite, do they have targets painted on them?

    What difference does it make? Safety is safety no matter who you are or what your profession is. And the best way for a single woman to protect herself is to own a handgun, know how to use it, and have it available to use if the situation arises. Pepper spray won't cut it because it's not accurate enough and can blow back on you. A knife won't do either since most women can not involve themselves in hand-to-hand combat. Martial arts? Better be a black belt cause once a perp has got you in a stranglehold you need to know exactly where to strike AND have the wherewithall to do so.

    No, handguns are best. Then again, it's your life or that of your spouse so do what you want...

  • bsmith17603 May 24, 2007

    Steve, are you a Nurse or Physician

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl May 24, 2007

    Steve, have you been in this situation as a health care worker? I have been a traveling health care worker, and I agree that you need to monitor your surroundings but no matter how careful you are there are always risks. I was in a really bad neighborhood once and really felt okay about it...until one of the relatives yelled out the door to some kids from down the street "You leave that car alone!! That belongs to home health!!" Needless to say, I left shortly thereafter.

  • Steve Crisp May 24, 2007

    Hmmmm...let's see...two rules to remember.

    1. Bushes don't wear sneakers; pay attention to your surroundings.

    2. Always keep your .38 snub nose at the ready so that you can use it if necessary.

    Pretty simple and I didn't even have to waste the valuable time of a Sheriff's department employee.