I once worked on a psych unit, and a former pt. threatened to come up and use a shotgun on the RN I was working with. Yes secruity was alerted, and the doors were locked. But what about when you walk out of the hospital??
And again about visitors! Walked on the unit to see two kids sitting on either side of the hallway.... rolling a ball back and forth
! I hadn't started work yet....but I politely walked into the room where these kids should have been, and asked them if these were they're children! Folks got pissed because I pointed out this wasn't the safest thing for them to be doing.
! Then a nurse told me that she almost fell over one of them...as she scurried out of a pts. room, and didn't see them!
I can remember when children below the age of 13 weren't even allowed pass the lobby! In fact a hospital in TX...has security at the elevator doors in the lobby. And you don't get on the elevators unless you tell them where you're going, and they check to see if visitors are allowed. You're given a pass with a time limit on it, and you only have 20mins to stay with that person...unless otherwised authorized! Security will
come and get you! It maybe extreme...but it's better then what I have been seeing lately!