Skip to comments.Nurse suspended after 'smacking' unruly toddler
Posted on 05/03/2008 8:55:45 PM PDT by naturalman1975
AN experienced nurse has been suspended after allegedly smacking an unruly toddler in a hospital emergency department.
Jeanette Stewart is on full pay pending the outcome of a police and Department of Community Services investigation into the incident, involving a three-year- old girl, at the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital on April 15.
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The girl, who was in the emergency department with her mother and a sibling, is said to have been running around and misbehaving when Ms Stewart allegedly grabbed her, smacked her on the bottom and yelled at her to sit down.
It is understood Ms Stewart had feared the child would injure herself or interfere with patient care.
Under mandatory reporting rules, the hospital alerted DoCS, which referred the matter to its joint investigation-review team and police.
Wagga Wagga crime manager Detective Sergeant Dale Holmes said officers expected to interview Ms Stewart in coming days.
"The nature of the alleged assault is simply that the child has been chastised by one of the nursing staff at the hospital in emergency ... a physical assault by being pushed and picked up and being smacked, but that's under investigation,'' he told The Sunday Telegraph.
Asked if the child had been misbehaving, he said: "We believe so, and (the alleged smack) was a result. Whether that constitutes an assault in the circumstances is being investigated''.
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Only doing the smacking that parents won’t do.
The poll is currently 83% for swatting the kid, and 16% for the liberals. Swatting the parents doesn’t seem to be an option.
Not able to ascertain guilt without a picture of the nurse.
Yes, political correctness comes second to saving lives... 83% ...(391 votes)
No, smacking children is wrong, especially someone else’s... 16% ...(79 votes)
Total votes: 470
Lesson to learn smack the parent instead.
The picture is in the article, but regardless of appearance, she was correct.
A pity she could spank the parents as well.
You have to leave other people’s children alone, except in your dreams.
Does that rule out tripping as they run by?
Thanks for voting, here are the results so far:
That is the most gawdawful looking three year old toddler I've EVER seen!
Over fed, too. Shame on the parents!
i’d hit it
Guilty! She goes to the top of the top 10 list of “Why parents need to discipline their own kids (or hire someone who is willing to do it).”
Safe bet this lady can succeed with just one swat.
Indeed. And forcing her to wear that red hat. Cruel.
That is not a nice thing to do to someone. Didn’t your momma teach you that?
A beauty queen she ain’t, but she is apparently highly respected at her workplace, and in a responsible position. A child running freely around in a casualty ward can cause a serious accident to themselves or others.
A Wagga story! Thanks for posting. Wagga has not been on FR, I think, since the story of the guy who was being prosecuted for having a house painted purple. The purple house story. Beloved of libetarians everywhere.
When I was a kid everyone was allowed to tell you to behave. I don’t remember getting any swats from strangers but my aunts and uncles had no problems stepping in.
Australian cheerleaders at the Indian Premier League
In that case, trip them; then yell, “OUCH! That was my foot you stomped! Watch where you're putting those fat feet of yours, you clumsy little twit!”
*evil laughing* LOL!....HO! HO! HO! */evil laughing*
I like the way your momma thinks.
What’s that on top of her head? Oh wait... that is her head!
Indeed. The parents should have had the swat. Several of them. I would have been mortified if someone had to ask me to get my child to behave.
On the other hand, ER waits of 18+ hours are not uncommon in our hospital (and I worked there for 17 years so I know of which I speak.) I had one time where I took my older son in to have his head stitched after a misaimed thrown rock by another kid (or maybe not so misaimed...I dunno) and had to wait for 6 hours. It was very hard to keep my younger son quiet that long. Before anyone observes “No mention of Dad!” he was at work and unable to leave. I had no one else to watch my child.
I cut my hand and had to get stitches. I had to drag my 3 kids with me to the emergency room. I couldn’t get a hold of my husband and then he had to drive to the hospital in traffic.
I was sooooo glad that they were older (7, 7, and 9). They were all very good.
My twins were wild when they were young!!!!!!!! I’m somewhat sympathetic to parents with wild children. I tried not to take mine out because they were so wild. One of them has a brain injury and has hearing and speech issues. Normal discipline didn’t work. I would literally have to pick her up and move her out of situations. It’s also like you had to say no about a 100 times before it stuck. It took so long for her to be a well behaved kid, but she got there.
What a dork!
I faced a similar situation last week but it didn’t require me touching or hitting anyone’s kids. I simply used my evil Mommy voice to say, “We do not run and yell inside this building.” The unsupervised hellions didn’t seem to want to test me. (shrugs)
Nurse promoted for smacking unruly brat nobody else will discipline.
Um. Welcome to FR?
The mother should be charged with child neglect and the Nurse should be called as an expert witness for the prosecution.
Is there even ONE in there that hasn’t had a bad boob job?
Looks more like she is advertising for a gift site (looking at her .com addy at the end of her post)....sales must be down.
Yep. I saw that....but chose NOT to go there & give the site any hits.
Bless my heart and all...
"Indeed. And forcing her to wear that red hat. Cruel."
Yes, she definitely looks as though she neglected to look in a mirror :)
But my comment as it pertains to this errant child is that maybe the mother was sick and distracted or perhaps she was distracted because her other child was sick. As one poster has pointed out, emergency room visits are usually protracted and kids can get very restless. The mom might have been frazzled because she was forced by circumstance to take her children with her to the hospital.
You have got to be kidding me.
Thank you for that!
I appreciate your kindness — unlike the bastards that constantly post that horrific picture of Madeline Albright!! ;)
I have sympathy too, especially when we’re talking about an ER wait. It’s pretty difficult for even the best behaved toddler to sit for hours doing nothing. My older son and my stepdaughter, good toddlers. Could take them anywhere, they would sit in church or at a dinner, when you told them it was an occasion to sit and listen, they would (although they never got tested with an extremely long ER wait!). My younger son - he was like a little rocket. Into everything. Grocery shopping was really hard, even though I always made him sit in the cart, he was in constant danger of flipping out of it. He was like a little monkey. It was very difficult to take him anywhere. If we went out to eat infrequently, I spent the time between ordering and being served, out in the parking lot with him always.
It wasn’t lackadaisical parenting. The older two weren’t like that. He got spanked sometimes but it had no effect. You can’t punish a toddler by taking away things like you can an older child- he had no video games or cell phone or driving privileges. Trying to engage him in quiet activities was useless. Put him in an ER waiting area for hours would have been my worst nightmare. Putting him in a treatment room for a few hours with hundreds of things he shouldn’t touch would have been crazymaking too. I took my oldest last fall to the ER for suspected appendicitis and I’m glad my younger was old enough to stay at the neighbors because if it had been when they were young and we’d had to have been at the ER for 10 hours, I can just imagine what havoc he would have caused!
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