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I can't believe it!


i can't believe that after 68 views i only received one response! come on, someone else must have something to say about their facility being locked or unlocked at night...please? i thought that no question was too stupid...:o

Our facility is an acute care hospital and is not really locked at any time. At 9PM some of the more secluded entry ways are locked but the main doors are open 24 hours a day.

sorry, wasn't really looking. Plus,.....I am embarrassed by our security. They are missing teeth, wear baseball caps, range in weight from 90 lbs to 300lbs. Our main entrance door is always open. We often encounter people on our wards who shouldn't be there. Our security is very lame. They are supposed to escort us to our cars when we get off shift. Sometimes they are there at shift change, sometimes not. They are a private company who work elsewhere as well, so sometimes they are at an alarm at a business. THe big guy sits on a bench and said he could watch us from where he was. Didn't want him to strain himself. One night walking to our cars, a drugee /drunk girl was by the entrance yakking on the pay phone. She started yelling nasty things to us saying we weren't worth the money we were asking for, wanting us to help her or something I don't know. The female "security" was so small and meek if I farted she would of spooked off. She went over to the drugee and I couldn't hear what she said but the drugee then started verbalizing at her. In my car- good night We don't even have surveillance cameras. It is a 500 bed hospital. But, that's vernon for you, or, as I call it, vernonville. Oh oh....I did a bad thing letting this secret out. Great. Terrorists are going to read all about our lame security and take over our hospital until their comrades are freed from jail. What have I done.!! They won't recognize me though. I'll keep my bag on my head. Whew, was scared for a minute.PS.(I keep my keys splayed):eek:

jschut, BSN, RN

Has 20 years experience.

I had to go back and find the one you were talking about...sorry...

But check this one out! In the LTC where I work, NONE of the doors are locked at any time. The residents wear wristbands that make the security system alarm if a resident goes out. Nothing about whether we (or anyone else) comes in or not. Not at 12 midnight or at 12 noon...

Scary, huh? I think so...


The dorrs of our hospital are locked between 8 pm and 7 am. You have to go through a mechanical door that security guards open after finding out who you are.


Specializes in Med/Surg, ICU, Cardiac ICU. Has 11 years experience.

Our front doors are locked at night but there are side entrances (somewhat secluded) that remain open. There used to be free access to the rest of the hospital through our emergency center but due to an incident, that was at least slowed down. Emergency always has police security there. The last couple of days (surprise, surprise) we have seen security around the entrances but prior to that, we mostly saw them prowling the parking lots in their security vehicle. (too bad one of my nurses still had her truck stolen from the parking lot :confused: )

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

After visiting hours, there is only one way IN other than ER--and that one has a security guard. The other exits do go OUT for emergency.

Visitors for ICUs can check in w/ the guard, and get a visitor sticker--no sticker, they're reported to security.

Our hospital is open all night, the security desk is at the entrance to the ER. The main door has the telephone operator's desk, she can see who comes in and out but does not stop anyone. On my peds floor, we have had people come up at all hours of the night. It is left to the (1) nurse on the floor to screen them. Too scary for me!

Our facility is a 500 bed acute care hospital who's doors are open until 8 pm. Then you must either register with security at the ED entrance or show your name tag. It's the only way to get in. Our hospital is in a high crime area. By the way our pictures are on our nametag.

Actually, I'm not sure what you are talking about. And, no question is stupid.

But, to answer what I thought was the question. I work in a hospital, rather by comparison. We have about 200 beds. Our E.R. is in the front of the hospital just off of the front lobby. So, our front doors are ALWAYS OPEN. We do usually have a security gaurd in the area to keep track of who is comming and going, but, this isn't alway the case. I guess I do feel queezy at times that the hospital is always open for anyone who wants to come in. And, people do tend to wander around the hospital. Our C.E.O. is really a nice guy, but, he doesn't really understand that there should be some rules regaurding visiting hours etc...

We'll have "friends" visiting patients at 2a.m. in the I.C.U.. And, although they may not cause too much trouble they are sometimes loud and disturb others. Because of our open hospital policy we aren/t at liberty to do anything about this.

Our IMC is down the hall from L/D and post partum. And, this area often times is mobbed with young children, families of women etc... I don't get it really, when I had my children only husbands (or signifigan others) were allowed in the area. But, we have loads of people running through.

So, if safety is the question we have virtually none in our hospital. I have a feeling something tragic will happen some day and it will be a "what in the world was this hospital so open for" type of situation.. Any way, I hope this answers your question:)

your input is greatly appreciated. i can see that we all aren't completely safe and probably will never be. thank you again

At our small town 85 bed hospital, the front doors and the side door are locked at 9 p.m. The doors at the admitting area are open and so are the ambulance doors at the back of the ER. Our hospital has no security whatsoever. If we run into problems we are suppose to call the EMS people, or the local police department. Visitors do not have to ID themselves to anyone at the front desk. It is kind of scary. We hope to have a new facility in a couple of years, so maybe security issues will be addressed. Let's hope so. :)

We have actually been attacked in our unit. But no way to lock it down has been offered. Our security is rather lax as well, they prefer to deal with the parking lots and ER.

At night the place is supposed to be locked down, but that is a farce as well.

As with all the rest of the posts, our security is lacking.

I work at a satellite of a small hospital. It's a 13-bed locked adult psych unit. We have 24 hour security, there's only one entrance to both the unit and the building, and everyone, even the docs, either have their own key to get in or we buzz them onto the unit. Visiting hours are mercifully short, and all visitations occur in full view of the staff. The place I worked at previously had multiple entrances, no security and everybody who worked at the place could get on any of the units: this was a psych hospital!!! My current job is heaven compared the the previous one.


Specializes in ER, Hospice, CCU, PCU.

After visiting hours the only open doors are the Er walk-in and the ambo entrance. There are several "Badge entry" doors for staff. Although technically security is supposed to be in the Er waiting room they often are not. Any one who wants to walk in can and does.

Our hospital is locked from 9 pm to 6 am with only entry via secuirty desk at ER door. The guards are supposed to phone our unit (pedi) before allowing anyone up. This works most of the time. Also, we have door/stairway/elevator alarms and security cameras on our pedi unit. The nursery has more stringent security with wristbands,etc.


Specializes in Hospice, Critical Care. Has 17 years experience.

The only doors open after 8:30 p.m. are the ER doors. Security is to telephone the units before visitors come up. My favorite was when they called us at 2AM to say they let some guy come up to the ICU and that he "didn't look TOO bad..." We stood and waited with baited breath to see what this "not TOO bad" guy looked like...turned out to be one of the cardiologists. He never identified himself as a physician (he wouldn't, of course, the arrogant son-of-a-gun would ASSUME everyone knew him).

Of course we all wondered then why they would let someone up who "didn't look TOO bad" and what qualified as "bad enough" not to let him come in...

From 8pm to 6am all doors to the hospital are locked except for the ER entrance. Security has their office in the ER.

After hours if someone wants to visit if it is early in the evening the security will let them walk up alone, later at night they call us to see if its is ok for the patient to have a visit and they walk the visitor up to us.

There is an elevator and a set of doors by the er but they are locked as well.

Staff can always get in we have swipe card access.

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