Iain's most recent Podcast featured one question that resonated with me as it was on my mind anyway. The question was about tayloring self protection training for females. I'm not a great believer in "ladies self defence" personally as I think it panders to too many assumptions. I've trained with "ladies" who could beat the living cr@p out of me and some very weedy men. I take the point about statistical likelihood of attack for different age group, sex, location and attacker. I digress.
The background to this post, which I hope stimulates some discussion is
- I'm a chap
- I'm a Nurse
- Suprisingly enough I study Martial Arts which includes pragmatism
- I start a new job in a Nurse-lead emergency department (specifically a very busy Minor Injuries Unit) in three weeks
My new manager has stated that a large part of the reason for her employing me is the variety of skills that I bring that they don't have. Chief among these is computer competence (I trained in Computer Studies prior to becoming a Nurse and I remain a computer hobbyist.) However on meeting some of the other staff they've already been talking about me teaching them self defence (my Martial Arts are a big part of my CV) I have no problem with teaching occupation self protection specifically for the setting in which I work. Indeed I've been asking my current manager for years if I can do this, for free. I just want the go-ahead from the Trust and assurances that appropriate insurance is in place for me. I've made it clear to my new colleagues that my concept of care-based self defence would NOT be technique-based.
As part of my induction I will obviously learn about the department geography, security doors and staffing levels.
If I were to put together a formal package for teaching, what should I include or what should I teach? The first thing that springs to mind is law but in combination with consideration of our professional regulation and obligation to patients and upholding our professional image. I would also include warning signs of imminent aggression and the LEAPS model.