Skip to comments.TENNESSEE State Sen. Ford responds after latest outburst
Posted on 02/15/2012 5:29:18 PM PST by SmithL
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A state lawmaker with a history of impassioned speeches was at it again at the Capitol. This time, Sen. Ophelia Ford, D-Memphis, wanted to talk about nurses and her experiences in the hospital.
Sen. Ford reacted during a senate committee meeting Tuesday night over a proposal that would increase penalties for assaults on healthcare workers.
The Memphis lawmaker talked about her own experience during two separate hospitalizations in recent years.
"I cannot tell you the horrific experience that I had, and it was nurses who were mainly doing these things to me," she said.
The bill in question deals with whether or not to increase the punishment for assaulting a healthcare worker.
Sen. Ford spoke for nearly 20 minutes and had to be cut off.
"I would not be in your presence today because of mean, hateful nurses," she said.
She told Channel 4 she disagreed that nurses should get any special treatment when it comes to assault laws.
"I certainly didn't want to bring out personal issues, but it's not just personal. I'm very knowledgeable about healthcare," Ford said.
But she says her experience with nurses is not a reflection on what she thinks about the profession as a whole.
"This is not to say it is all nurses, absolutely not. Absolutely not, and those who know they are good nurses don't have anything to fear," Ford said.
Despite Sen. Ford's desperate plea Tuesday, the committee voted to advance the bill.
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Keyword: Ophelia Ford
If you are so out of control that you would assult people trying to help you, you do you really think you are going to stop to consider that you might be breaking a Federal law and so moderate your behavior?
Let me quess. That nasty nurse forced her to take her thorazine?
All people should get the same protection. No one should get special rights from government.
She is exactly who her district wants to represent them as she embodies their values.
Nurse probably took Auntie’s Sterno away.
Ophelia Ford is a member of the Tennessee Senate. She is the younger sister of former state senator John Ford and former Congressman Harold Ford, Sr., and the aunt of former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. She represents Senate District 29, located in Shelby County.
On May 22, 2007, a Nashville cab driver accused Ophelia Ford of grabbing his shirt collar and ripping a button off his shirt while driving Ms. Ford to her hotel. He claimed that Ms. Ford was intoxicated.
The statists’ faith in the power of a law is almost touching. They really think we are always one law away from paradice.
There is an argument that some, such as police, medical and firefighters should have a higher level of protection because they often do not have the option of leaving the scene of trouble as we do
How much ya wanted bet this cow was combative, abusive, and profane so the nurses had to restrain her. I want to see video of the alleged incident(s). Ford should have no problem with that I’m sure.
How much ya wanta bet this cow was combative, abusive, and profane so the nurses had to restrain her. I want to see video of the alleged incident(s). Ford should have no problem with that I’m sure.
She is just another Memphis crack head like most of her followers.
Do you allow the people you care about to be left alone, while incapacitated, in a hospital?
At the mercy of the staff?
Without witnesses and/or security cameras?
My wife is an RN in middle TN. I’m sure the nurses just recognized her and treated her accordingly.
Stars...Stars! IT’S FULL OF STARS!
However, this woman is full of sh**. I have been in the hospital twice over the last several years and I am here to tell you that the vast majority of nurses are the reason I survived the ordeal. Nurses took care of me, not doctors and all but one were great. The one that wasn't great was so politically correct that it was ridiculous.