Nurses carrying weapons

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    Wanted to get some thoughts on inner city nurses carrying a concealed weapon? My husband is a city policeman who's dealt with his share of undesirables in the same neighborhoods I venture into and is pushing for me to start carrying a gun.

    Are there any nurses who carry one? I'm comfortable with weapons, I've been around them the entirety we've been together and the neighborhoods I go into are pretty rough. I'm not sure of a policy my agency has but the husband doesn't seem to care if there is one, just wants me prepared.

    Thoughts?
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    Intriguing idea. I am actually pondering this idea also. I am working as a night shift hospice triage nurse and cover a large metropolitan area. Oftentimes I have to go into areas that I would never enter voluntarily.

    I have a .45 but that is too big to carry around in my car. My state has no laws regarding concealed weapons. I am thinking of a .25 with a laser site on it.

    I guess my answer would be a YES. I am only going to have one in my car though...not comfortable with the thought of carrying it in a patient's home or walking around with it.
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    I've recently obtained my CCW. Like you, some of the neighborhoods I have to go into are pretty sketchy and I work 2nd shift, which makes me a little nervous too. My HH company has a no weapons on company property policy, and I would never take it into a pts home, but I have been considering keeping my .38sp in the car. In my state, your vehicle is your property (just like your home) regardless of where it is, so for me at least this would be perfectly legal. You might want to really check out the laws in your area though, because it would be a shame to lose your job or license d/t not knowing the laws! Most of the girls I work with cary pepper spray and a few carry tazers. Just another thing to consider =)
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    I have a CCW and carried my 9mm sometimes when I was visiting in Detroit, especially after dark.

    I was glad to have it with me one evening when a man approached me as I walked to my car...I didn't have to draw the weapon but it was reassuring to feel it in the small of my back when I reached back to it as I was cautioning the man that he did NOT want to come any closer and he did NOT want to cross the street AGAIN to follow me. I suspect he guessed that I might be armed when I reached behind me...and he left me alone.
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    I have my concealed weapons permit. I don't carry anything at work but pepper spray. I don't see pts at night but I especially hate elevators. When creeps get in the elevator with me I have my hand on it locked and ready. I never feel unsafe in side a pts home just walking to and from the front door. One time a co worker sat in her car and called 911 because she felt unsafe. The police came and escorted her to the door and waited out side untitled she was done. They were very understanding. Be safe everyone. Great topic.
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    I'm sure your police officer husband is a great resource. If you're carrying, it's always a best practice to target practice.
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    I have no idea what the law is in my state, but I went to DC a patient in a bad area, and I pulled up and there were cops and emt's outside my patients home. Apparently someone was in there high and drunks seeking drugs. I ask the EMT what's going on and he looks at me like I'm nuts to be there alone he fist says " your here alone?!?" I told him yes, as I started with an escort but then stopped. Then he says " please tell me you have something on you?!?" I of course do not. He told me too many nurses become complacent.

    I realize I should realy take an escort or start packing some mace.
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    Quote from rnMomm
    I have my concealed weapons permit. I don't carry anything at work but pepper spray. I don't see pts at night but I especially hate elevators. When creeps get in the elevator with me I have my hand on it locked and ready. I never feel unsafe in side a pts home just walking to and from the front door. One time a co worker sat in her car and called 911 because she felt unsafe. The police came and escorted her to the door and waited out side untitled she was done. They were very understanding. Be safe everyone. Great topic.
    It is NOT necessarily safer in the patient home. More than one healthcare worker has been harmed, even killed in that environment.

    Typically, if there are family involved, they look out for you if the neighborhood is dangerous.
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    Quote from Kabin
    I'm sure your police officer husband is a great resource. If you're carrying, it's always a best practice to target practice.
    I couldn't agree more here. Weapons are dangerous in the hands of a frightened person possessing few shooting skills, and little knowledge of the weapon itself.
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    Quote from MomRN0913
    I have no idea what the law is in my state, but I went to DC a patient in a bad area, and I pulled up and there were cops and emt's outside my patients home. Apparently someone was in there high and drunks seeking drugs. I ask the EMT what's going on and he looks at me like I'm nuts to be there alone he fist says " your here alone?!?" I told him yes, as I started with an escort but then stopped. Then he says " please tell me you have something on you?!?" I of course do not. He told me too many nurses become complacent.

    I realize I should realy take an escort or start packing some mace.
    Indeed!
    I went to visit a patient just as a little "neighborhood squabble" broke out on the corner a couple blocks from my destination. Rather than drive by them, I turned at the first corner...when I heard gun shots I headed for the exit of the complex while dialing 911.

    Visiting patients in their homes can be very exciting work!
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