PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A male nurse is in critical condition after he was attacked by a patient Friday morning at Rhode Island Hospital, according to Providence police.
Police tell 12 News the nurse was “violently assaulted” around 7:30 a.m. while working in the hospital’s psychiatric department.
The patient is now in custody and being held at the ACI, police said, adding that no weapons were involved.
The hospital is offering support to any employees who witnessed the attack, according to Lifespan spokesperson Kathleen Hart.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts are with our employee, the employee’s family, and their co-workers at the hospital and throughout Lifespan,” Hart added.
“The Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI) wants to convey our support for the nurse, his family, and everyone at Lifespan affected by this tragic incident,” said Teresa Paiva Weed, President of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.
“Violence in the healthcare industry has been on the rise in recent years,” she continued. “HARI has been, and will continue, working closely with its members to support frontline workers.”
A spokesperson for the United Nurses & Allied Professionals said they had no comment.