When I first started nursing school
, my first clinical was in a SNF. Our first day there, the charge nurse gave us a tour, orientation, etc., including explanations for what to do in case of fire, etc. One of the scenarios explained was what to do in case of bomb threat.
Basically, in case of a bomb threat, all staff were to scan each room, looking for any unfamiliar objects. One of us asked, "When do we evacuate the residents? " Her reply? "Oh we don't do that, because these residents are old and at risk for heart attacks and strokes, so we can't evacuate them because it would scare them and they might have a heart attack or stroke." Seriously.
Ummm, okay...so being in an exploding building would be safer? I think it would only be right to help evacuate my pts, perhaps by assisting them to walk out...but you won't catch me searching the building for a bomb!!! If the person is serious enough to plant a bomb that we might potentially find, then he/she is serious when they say it's actually going to explode!
When she said that about searching the building, I decided what I would do: go out to the parking lot to move my car (and me)to a safer location.