Loaded gun

  1. Patient keeps loaded gun in holster at side. Would you refuse to visit?
  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    YEp - this was the exact reason that I got out of home care in 1993!
  4. by   caliotter3
    It is your right to request that weapon be kept elsewhere while you do your visit. Noncompliance is justification for discharge from service.
  5. by   Whispera
    loaded gun, knife, irritating dog, yelling human...all reasons to refuse to visit...you do not have to risk your life, safety, or your emotional health...
  6. by   caliotter3
    Make certain that you document everything as it occurs, to include an incident report. If they refuse to remove the weapon from the room, then call your agency and inform them and leave the premises.
  7. by   vashtee
    What the heck? What kind of person keeps a loaded gun in a holster at their side, especially when they are sick? Very strange.

    Then again, I had a patient who came to the hospital sick as a dog carrying his loaded BB gun. Again, very strange.
  8. by   Valerie Salva
    Yes- I would refuse.
  9. by   OncallRN
    while the Pt likely has a legal right to keep and bear arms, you have a right to feel safe in your working enviroment. a polite request that the gun be put away during a visit is a resonable request, just ask asking the a dog also be kept behide a closed door. i'm sure your agency has a policy, ask about.
  10. by   Ginapixi
    We had a patient who had guns in the home. He was too weak to get up and reach any of them, they were locked up; HOWEVER: Our head of SW had no one go into the home until the guns were all out of the house; the children took them as well as amo, only then did HHA and nursing etc go back for services; Guns in the home usually do not scare me, but if some one keeps a loaded weapon on his person, I doubt I would go in! Not afraid to die, but not suicidal either!
  11. by   DroogieRN
    I don't know this patient or the situation he is in, but as a gun-totin' individual myself, I would not refuse to treat the patient.
  12. by   rngolfer53
    Quote from indianahope
    Patient keeps loaded gun in holster at side. Would you refuse to visit?
    Yep, until the gun was safely stored during my visit, which starts the moment I pull up to the house, not when I walk into the bedroom. Safely stored means unloaded for starters.

    I own guns, am not afraid of them per se, but I also respect what they can do, which is kill or injure me.
  13. by   TuTonka
    I think I would first have to know how balanced this pt is before I would say go or not go again, but I would encourage you to discuss this with your supervisor and explain how you personally feel about this situation.

  14. by   Purple_Scrubs
    The first thought that flashed through my head...

    Patient becomes confused, mistakes nurse for intruder.

    I think we can all imagine how the rest of that scenerio would play out.