Patient charged with stabbing nurse at Southbridge hospital

Victim in critical, but stable, condition at UMass Memorial Medical Center

Harrington Hospital

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Officials say a nurse was stabbed by an emergency room patient at a Massachusetts hospital and suffered serious injuries.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. says 24-year-old Conor O’Regan attacked the nurse at Harrington Hospital on Wednesday morning.

Hospital officials say O’Regan had been through the registration process and was being directed for care.

Early says O’Regan ran away after the stabbing. Southbridge police apprehended him off-campus.

Authorities say the nurse was airlifted to UMass Medical Center where she’s in critical but stable condition.

Nurse seriously injured in knife attack at Harrington Hospital E.R.

Authorities say O’Regan is charged with assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Officials say O’Regan will be arraigned Thursday in Central District Court in Worcester. It couldn’t be determined Wednesday if he has been assigned a public defender.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association released the following statement about Wednesday’s attack:

“Nurses across the Commonwealth are expressing their support, thoughts and prayers for the emergency room nurse at Harrington Hospital, who was the victim of a brutal stabbing by a patient yesterday, as well as for the courageous staff who responded to this attack and provided care to their friend and colleague.  The story below provides details of the event, with comments by District Attorney Joseph Early, who has been a strong supporter of nurses and has worked with the MNA to promote legislation to require health care providers to implement policies and procedures to prevent workplace violence against health care workers.  The fact is nurses are assaulted on the job more than police officers and prison guards, with more than 70% of hospital emergency department nurses reporting being assaulted during their career. The legislation,  An Act Requiring Health Care Employers to Develop and Implement Programs to Prevent Workplace Violence is sponsored by State Senator James Timilty and
State Rep. Denise Garlick, RN and is currently being considered by the legislature.”

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