Dangerous Situation - page 2

What would happen at your agency if a patient called the office and stated that he didn't think that it was a good idea for a nurse to come because had thoughts of killing himself and his family? And... Read More

  1. by   Noryn
    I normally try to avoid these threads because they raise my blood pressure and I dont like to resort to name calling but in this case let me make a clear point that your supervisor is an idiot.

    Dont second guess yourself. You are not overreacting and this is a very serious situation. Under no circumstances should ANY nurse go in that home. It should have been reported to the authorities and I would have a hard time believing suicide prevention or watch would fit in the scope of practice for a home health nurse.

    This puts your license and much more importantly your life at risk.
  2. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I am dumbfounded. Why would any supervisor send a nurse into a house where someone was threatening suicide/homicide. Did we learn nothing from the Virginia Tech shootings? There were warning signs that no one could act on or cared to act on. If there is a threat, call the police.
  3. by   Cattitude
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    I am dumbfounded. Why would any supervisor send a nurse into a house where someone was threatening suicide/homicide. Did we learn nothing from the Virginia Tech shootings? There were warning signs that no one could act on or cared to act on. If there is a threat, call the police.
    Being that this thread started in JANUARY way before Virginia Tech, I would give the supvr. a break from learning on that one :spin: .
  4. by   CapeCodMermaid
    January or June...still find it unimaginable that a supervisor would send a nurse into a situation like this.
    When I worked in a SNF there were patients who always were threatening or in some way intimidating, and I always sent two people in the room...and my patients had no way of getting a weapon. There is no excuse and no slack cutting here.

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