On my first day or two of work I asked my Director of Nursing if I could bring my (legal) gun to work to keep in my (locked) locker. He nearly peed his pants. Guess me carrying a gun didn't fit with his impression of me. There are no signs posted anywhere in this hosp that it's "gun free" so I thought it was a fair question.
Later, during hosp orientation I asked the guy in charge of the facility including security if it was a gun free zone. He said yes, but they didn't have the signs up yet.
Here's what happened last night.
We have 2 floors, each with 25 patient rooms. After 8pm the front doors are locked and EVERYONE except me, 1 other RN and the 5 patients leaves. There is no security guard, although one is promised to be obtained at some point in the future.
All the patients and us nurses are on the second floor. At about 9pm a call light starts going off ON THE FIRST FLOOR.
Here's a quandry. There's not supposed to be anyone down there to set off the alarm, we're both female, we're not to leave the patients unattended. What do we do?
Well, we couldn't ignore the damn thing as it's LOUD and OBNOXIOUS and we had a long night ahead of us. So, we both go downstairs to check on the call light as neither wanted to go alone. We didn't see anyone or anything amiss and were able to fix the light.
Then at 9:30pm we get a call from a "family member" saying they were downstairs at the door and wanted to be let in to visit. Linda, the other nurse, goes down and lets them in and all was well for the rest of the night.
I ask my supervisor the next morning what to do about this sort of thing and when visiting hours end, she says "We always just let em in.....they're supposed to be getting a system where you can see on the computer who's at the door...."
That'll do me a whole lot of good as I don't know the pts' family members by sight.
Tomorrow I'm going to call my DON and try and pin him down on a) security, b) posted visiting hours. Then I'll get in touch with that guy in charge of facility maintenance and give him a piece of my mind.
Hubby and I have been talking for some time now about how "gun free zones" are really just great big bull's eyes for those wanting to do harm.
Where do these people go shooting? Malls, Schools, Churches. Who is to say that hospitals aren't next?
Now, here's a video that I got from Cookie on this topic, I found it rather illuminating.