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Ultimate fighting star’s alleged assaults reinforce the danger of healthcare work

The subject of workplace violence in hospitals rose out of the weeds again yesterday with word that a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star had been arrested for allegedly assaulting three nurses at a hospital in Nevada on Tuesday.

Fighter Junie Browning, who was fired by UFC following his arrest, originally went to St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena campus in Henderson, NV, after potentially overdosing on an anti-anxiety drug, the Wrestling Observer Web site and other mixed martial arts news outlets reported yesterday.

While there, Browning allegedly pushed a nurse, kicked another nurse, and punched yet another nurse, the Observer reported. He then allegedly threatened to kill the nursing staff. Police arrested him soon after.

This is just another example of what hospital employees deal with every day. Whether it’s an irate family member, a gun-toting visitor, or an alleged out-of-control professional fighter, the end result is the same: Healthcare workers sometimes have to earn their living while fearing for their own safety on the job.

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Scott Wallask About the Author: Scott Wallask is senior managing editor for HCPro's Hospital Safety Center (www.hospitalsafetycenter.com) and the award-winning newsletters, Briefings on Hospital Safety and Healthcare Life Safety Compliance. He has written about healthcare for HCPro since 1998, with a focus on occupational and building safety, emergency management, fire protection, and infection control. Prior to joining HCPro, he worked as a reporter for several newspapers in eastern Massachusetts. He holds a BA in print journalism, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University in Boston. Contact Scott at swallask@hcpro.com.

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