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Self-Defense for Nurses

Self-Defense for Nurses

Marijke Durning | Scrubs Magazine

November 12, 2010

What to do if you’re attacked

The important thing to remember is that you need to GET OUT OF THERE.

Whatever you do, be it scream, fight or hit, these are only tools to use to give yourself enough time to run as fast and as far away as you can.

Whether you’re attacked in the hospital or clinic, or outside while running errands, here are some YouTube videos that show simple techniques that may help you get out of trouble.

Have you ever had someone grab your forearm or wrist and you couldn’t get away? Whether it’s an obnoxious guy at a party or an attacker, there’s a fairly simple technique called the Wrist Grab Release that helps you get your arm back and you away from the other person.

What if someone grabs you by your shirt or lapel of your jacket? That may be a bit tougher to break away from, but there is also a technique for this. Try practicing with someone (without the actual pressure!) until you feel comfortable with the movements it would take.

We’ve all been told that if you need to fight to get away from someone, you need to strike the weak points, called Vital Point Striking. This involves hitting the eyes, ears, nose, throat, genital area or the knee—all of which can cause considerable pain, giving you enough time to run.

Here are five more videos for you to learn various self-defense techniques:


The most important thing to do is to make as much noise and as much of a fuss as you can. The attacker doesn’t want attention from anyone except you. It’s been said that if you yell “Fire!” you may get more help than if you shout anything else. But before this, it’s important to work on prevention. The goal is to never need these techniques.

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