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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-27-10 10:38 AM
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227. Have you ever tried to lift, transport or otherwise assist a combative person?
It's not easy, and it's dangerous for all involved. If a black CNA tried to assist a woman who clearly didn't want black people assisting her, chances are good the patient would resist or even become combative and it would increase the risk of injury both to the CNA and the patient.

Furthermore, caregivers assume a great deal of risk just taking their jobs. The likelihood of the CNA being able to sue the patient regardless of what injury the woman might inflict on her are minimal or nonexistent because as a caregiver the possibility of getting injured by working with incapacitated, confused or combative patients is part of the job. I've been hit, slapped, pinched, bitten, kicked, head butted, and more. Not only did I never consider suing, but I would not have been able to because dealing with those things was part of my job.
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