The Barbados Nurses Association (BNA) has distanced itself from a male nurse who was caught on video assaulting a patient at the Psychiatric Hospital.
In a press release this afternoon the association’s President Joannah Waterman said: “The BNA, having been made aware of the video which is currently circulating on social media depicting an individual who is said to be acting in the capacity of a nurse, wishes to disassociate itself from this act of unprofessionalism.”
Waterman also said her members were distressed over the video, adding that the situation was not only painful to the nurses at the Psychiatric Hospital, but the wider fraternity, active and retired, across Barbados.
She however praised the Ministry of Health for quick action taken to suspend the nurse who was seen in the video striking the patient with a stick repeatedly.
In a statement issued yesterday, the ministry condemned the act and disclosed that the matter had been referred to the Royal Barbados Police Force.
“The Ministry of Health abhors this type of behaviour and is treating this matter with the utmost urgency,” it said.
Hospital Director David Leacock also revealed yesterday that the patient’s next of kin had been notified of the incident which the BNA said was not reflective of the general behaviour of the nursing fraternity.
“We view patients/ clients and by extension their families as vulnerable individuals who come to us at their lowest moments in need of our care, compassion and empathy,” Waterman said, adding that the “The BNA also wishes to convey to the public and give the reassurance that there are many highly trained Nursing Staff at the Psychiatric Hospital who display a high
standard of professional conduct and who themselves are committed to providing the highest standards of care ensuring the safety of their patients.”
However, in light of the incident, the BNA will be conducting training seminars and workshops, to reinforce the standards of high professional conduct.