Security in ER??

  1. What kind of security you have in your ER?
    Do you feel safe with patients? (Psych/ETOH/Overdose)
    Do you feel safe with their families?
    Is the ambulance bay secure?
    Do you feel vulnerable on the off shifts?
    Is administration responsive to your concerns?
  2. Poll: What kind of security in the ER?

    • I don't feel safe in the workplace.

      0% 0
    • I worry about security when I am working in the ER.

      13.64% 3
    • Security is available when we need them in the ER.

      54.55% 12
    • I feel completely safe while at work in the ER.

      13.64% 3
    • Press-Ganey comes before employee safety in the ER.

      18.18% 4
    22 Votes
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  4. by   PeakRN
    Do you feel safe with patients? (Psych/ETOH/Overdose)
    Full time security as well as PD officers who are assigned to our hospital
    Do you feel safe with their families?
    Sure, safer than walking downtown anyway...
    Is the ambulance bay secure?
    Yes
    Do you feel vulnerable on the off shifts?
    Not any more than day shifts
  5. by   Sally Jane
    Full time security in my hospital as well, I think all er's have this
  6. by   PiperLambie
    We have a full-time police officer at the intake desk, and armed facility security are always immediately available to the ED.

    Safety is what it is. We all have those aggressive patients, but it's all about keeping yourself physically safe until they can be subdued if that is needed. I work every day at honing my spider sense in this regard.

    The families usually are not a problem- again the PD or security are available to take on the more aggressive issues that may arise.

    The entry at the ambulance bay is keypad secured to entry, and there aren't really issues with interlopers entering through the EMS doors.

    I work days so it is often dark when I arrive and dark when I leave, just like night shift. That said, I always scan the area as I am walking toward my vehicle, particularly if there has been a difficult patient/family. Armed security is also available to escort any employee to their car at any time if there is a concern.

    Management takes everything employees report seriously, and our department nurse practice council does a great job of addressing the unit-wide issues at meetings. No deaf ears from the folks in the offices.
  7. by   TigraRN
    We get some very violent and verbally abusive patients, when we call security, sometimes I feel like the security needs to be kept safe. Also, whenever there is a violent person in ER, the security does not interfere eagerly, but that is my humble opinion. I do appreciate their escort to the car when needed late at night.
  8. by   Boxer_Courage
    What kind of security you have in your ER?
    -24/7 hospital based security officers that can't do much of anything, Thursday-Sunday the sheriff department has an officer here.

    Do you feel safe with patients? (Psych/ETOH/Overdose)
    -yes. most psych patients are at least somewhat reasonable if you approach them the right way. ETOH/overdose can be different, but then you've got keep in mind, they're under the influence. Some of them actually seem kinda nice when see them not on something. If they're violent enough, it's a job for security and law enforcement. I'm not there to be an enforcer.

    Do you feel safe with their families?
    -yes. I rarely have any issues with family.

    Is the ambulance bay secure?
    -No

    Do you feel vulnerable on the off shifts?
    -No

    Is administration responsive to your concerns?
    -Depends on the level of administration. Unit management, yes. Though, there are higher levels of administration that I don't think really care.
  9. by   Gary Mendoza
    Quote from Sally Jane
    Full time security in my hospital as well, I think all er's have this
    No, not all. I'm a travel ER nurse and many ER's don't have anything. When the crap hits the fan we just deal with it ourselves.

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