Vigil for Nurse Allegedly Beaten by Psychiatric Patient

August 25, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

August 25, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 6:34 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Fellow nurses, union representatives, and several politicians joined a vigil today outside of ECMC to honor Kelly McCain. A registered nurse, McCain was allegedly beaten and choked by psychiatric patient Terrance Caldwell last week.
Gaen Hooley from the New York State Nurses Association tells us that health care workers frequently suffer attacks, and violence from patients is on the rise nation wide. Hooley believes the attack against McCain could have been prevented if ECMC would have implemented safety procedures quicker. Hooley suggests adding personal panic buttons and more security.
Immediately following last week's attack, ECMC officials made some safety changes and with a consultant, officials are continuing to look at long term solutions. McCain suffered serious head injuries, but we're told that she is out of the hospital and improving.
In August Governor David Paterson signed a law that makes it a felony to attack a nurse. That goes into effect in November.