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I work as the triage (intake) nurse at a community hospital. Had a shifty white dude come in tonight, stating he thought he had been poisoned while out at a restaurant. He reeked of alcohol, had a teardrop tattoo, and appeared super jittery, like kinda methy. Most of my job is inputting medical information into a computer and assessing how legitimately ill someone is on a triage scale. Red is dead (codes, intubated patients, chest gunshots, etc. Magenta is finna die within the hour. Yellow is a full medical workup. Blue is needs 1 test. Green is needs no tests. This dude was gonna be a yellow. Vitals stable, not acutely, truly sick.

He said something about being "important" early in our time together, but I ignored it. Tried to shake my hand, I offered a fist bump (I don't shake hands at work). When it became apparent to him that he was going to have to wait, he began to cuss "Man, F your computer. I'm the GD president of the American Aryan Association." He stood up and told me he was a dangerous man, and I better find him a room in the back. I told him to leave my office, and stood up and walked out into the hallway where there were other witnesses. He followed me, trying to get in my personal space, but I kept backing up. One of my colleagues called security (geriatric, passive, worthless old bastards), and we again told him to go back out in the waiting area. When he heard that security was coming, he left the triage area, and left out the front doors of the ER.

Looked him up on facebook, and he appears to be someone with whom not to F.  So, I went to the truck and retrieved my uh, "wallet," keltec in a pocket holster.

I expected to get shot tonight, before I left at midnight.

Got out, remained unshot.

 

 

I really dislike carrying anything other than a pocket knife in scrubs. May have to rethink that. Belly Band, switch over to wearing cargo pants with a belt, keister... Something.

 

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I can confess to you guys- I'll be carrying the next couple nights at work. F policy.

 

A couple weeks ago, I put up a small sticky mirror on the wall, facing the entrance (New ER, designed by someone who has never worked as a nurse. My fkin back is to the door to the waiting room!). My director removed it. Well, it came in a 4 pack. Try me, ******. I got 2 left in my backpack.

Anyways, I have 80 shifts left as an ER nurse. EIGHTY.

Shooting someone is not on my list of priorities, but...

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LOL, hospital security, what a joke.

my wife was a clinic manager and often times worked late hours. The hospital/clinic is in a Schitty  part of town.

she would ask “Security” to walk her to her car if it was really late and dark.

these clowns are fat, out of shape, carry a small flashlight and a badge. No night stick, no firearm, no muscles. As protection goes, worthless as tweets on a bull.  Oh and most are women in their 30’s.

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@steve4102 you get it.

 

I'm not out to shoot someone, but I sure as F ain't out to get shot at work, either. Our geriatric security dudes have tasers, but they're all scared to use them. We have ONE security dude who is built like a tank. He got suspended once for actually doing his job.

 

I'll be responsible for my own safety, thanks. If I gotta shoot someone, I just hope it's in view of the security camera.

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Be careful, my wife worked at the local hospital things have really changed.  Now ER walk in's enter a secure lobby and can get no further.  They talk to someone behind glass till assessed.  The campus also has a nursing home  and hospice house and both now lock the doors at night and you have to be let in by staff.  This is in a middle sized mid western town so there are problems everywhere.  

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I just hope it's in view of the security camera

Don't hope, know where the blind spots are and avoid them as much as possible. The folks that install them at times it seems like they are in cahoots with those that design the layout of  emergency wards.

Fwiw, I don't think that that guy remembers you by now. But don't let your guard down (no pun intended) .

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Few people understand how often nurses, ER nurses especially, are assaulted. A friend was assaulted in the ER waiting room, while 2 "security guards" stood by. Hope you'll tell the above on the "Raise YourHand" FB site.

BTW, the district attorney recommended probation for the dirt bag family member in the above case (Dirt bag left her permanently disabled). The irate judge put said dirt bag in jail for a month and reemed the DA.

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**** policy. He may come back and pressure you again for drugs. Then he may remember that you are not playing along again and attack you. I'd be carrying my P365 with a really good pocket holster and the 2 round extension for the remaining 80 shifts. 13 x 9mm in the size of the G42.

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If he comes back apologize and "give him something for the pain".  Something that will take it away forever.  Or at least make him forget where he was for the last 3 days. 

 

I would keep my guard up as well but I would be very surprised if they do anything, probably went to another ER and did the same then found something somewhere else.

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10 hours ago, tadbart said:

had a teardrop tattoo

Jailhouse tattoo under the corner of the eye? That's an advertisement by a bad actor.

 

10 hours ago, tadbart said:

appeared super jittery, like kinda methy

I'm sure you've sure you've seen plenty of it on the job; meth can make some users pretty much vibrate while they're high.

Watch your 6, @tadbart, but stay under the radar.

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12 hours ago, tadbart said:

..., I have 80 shifts left as an ER nurse. EIGHTY.

Shooting someone is not on my list of priorities, but...

Most likely that guy doesn't even remember last night at this point. Certainly stay aware and be safe, but you should be good. 

Once I decided on a career shift, but still had 6+ months as an LEO before resigning, I became hyper aware of every situation that could devolve into me having to shoot someone.  Every day seemed to bring some circumstance where I wondered how the new job would feel about me arriving while in the middle of an OIS investigation.

I made it through just fine. You should, too.

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11 hours ago, steve4102 said:

 

these clowns are fat, out of shape, carry a small flashlight and a badge. No night stick, no firearm, no muscles. As protection goes, worthless as tweets on a bull.  Oh and most are women in their 30’s.

Yep, I work security and I am nothing but a scarecrow.  If the crows want to eat my corn there's nothing I can do but stand there and hope I scare them away, and that's the way the company and the client want it.  Less liability that way.  At least there is a "No Weapons Allowed" sign on the door.  That'll stop 'em.

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The hospital clinic my wife worked at had Active Shooter drills once a year.

A shooter with an AR loaded with blanks would come in an start shooting.

Run and hide is the plan, then the cops would show up and the shooter and the cops would play games.

One year, the shooter stepped off the elevator and began to shoot, an employee stood up pointed his finger at him and yelled “Bang you’re Dead”.  Then he said “drills over, bad guy is dead, call 911”

He was escorted off the property by the cops and the drill was stated all over again.  He was terminated from his position.

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