New Orleans Home Care Nurse Assault Raises Importance of Safety and Self-Defense for Field Staff

On Jan. 26, a horrific act of violence occurred to a New Orleans home care nurse that raises the importance of safety and self-defense training for home care workers. A visiting nurse was leaving a patient’s home and was abducted at gunpoint, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. The nurse was on her cell phone when the perpetrator approached her and forced her into an abandoned home in a blighted area where she was “raped by multiple subjects” before she was able to flee more than three hours after being abducted.

According to reports, one of the men turned himself in to the New Orleans Police Department last Wednesday and is being charged with armed robbery, aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping. The man also identified three other men, ages 17 to 21, who took part in the crime. Police are now searching for those individuals.

This tragic event raises the issue of safety for home care workers, who are vulnerable to these types of horrendous crimes while providing care in the field. It is critical that agencies offer safety guidance to field nurses, and perhaps even self defense training. In light of these circumstances, HCAF is looking into more educational offerings like this to offer throughout the state, but we would like to hear your thoughts and ideas too. Click here to send HCAF a note.

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