had a family member for an icu patient that hung out in the room all the time. eventually, he got bored with that, so he'd hang out at the nurse's station. i was amazed how many nurses let him get away with that. they'd be having conversations about another patient, and there would be cecil, hanging on every word. i banned him from the nurse's station but let him hang out in his wife's room. the night nurse did the same thing, and thanked me for having the nerve to stand up to him. i came back to work the next day, and after 24 hours of hanging out in his wife's room, with brief trips out to his truck now and then to replenish the supply of jack daniels in his coffee mug, he decided that "mom is suffering too much. it's time to pull the plug."
actually, it had been time to pull the plug weeks ago, but he elected not to, and now there wasn't really anything we could withdraw that would result in her immediate demise, which is what he seemed to want. the resident and i explained that to him. he stomped off the unit, off to his truck, and we all assumed he was filling up his coffee mug again. instead, he came back with a 9mm and said, as he brandished it, "this will solve mom's problems."
he was arrested at 1200, and was back in the hospital visiting by 6:00. although, supposedly his 9mm had been taken away from him. later, the police searched his truck and found several handguns, three rifles and 2 shotguns.
makes you fell real safe at work!