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Sen. Ford Denounces ‘Mean and Hateful Nurses’

State Sen. Ophelia Ford told a Senate committee Tuesday that a bill to increase penalties for assaulting health care professionals is “ludicrous,” and said she was treated by “mean and hateful nurses” in recent years.
From the Rick Locker report:
“I’m not telling it all, because it was so horrible you could not even believe it,” said Ford, D-Memphis.
She added later that she was restrained during a hospital stay during which “I didn’t even know where I was.” She said that “there are kind nurses too, and usually they know how to handle themselves.”
Senate Bill 2658, proposed by the Tennessee Nurses Association, would enhance penalties for assault and aggravated assault against health care providers acting in the discharge of their duties. It won narrow 5-4 approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee despite Ford’s objections during a 30-minute debate.
Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, said federal Bureau of Labor Statistics figures indicate that the health care sector leads all other industries in the number of employees subjected to nonfatal assaults.
But Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, joined Ford in arguing against the bill, saying perpetrators of assault should be punished equally regardless of who the victim is.
…Ford’s long, rambling descriptions of her experiences with extended hospital and nursing home rehabilitation stays starting in 2006 generated the most interest in the room. It was reminiscent of previous eyebrow-raising speeches in which Ford has linked personal experiences to legislation.
“I would not be in your presence today because of mean, hateful nurses, and the lower on the scale they are with the least amount of experience, the worse they are.
“Most of you know I’ve had several illnesses, back in 2008, in and out of the hospital in 2006 and 2007… I cannot tell you the horrific experience I’ve had and it was nurses who were mainly doing these things to me. I knew that such happens but I just didn’t know it was so horrible.”