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  • #16
    I've been in hospital security for about half a decade now and what everyone else said is true, even the vagrants in the Chapel. We have one guy we may chase out several times a night. Also the situation above is also fairly common--you make a great scapegoat. You get enough training to lower insurance costs but not enough to deal with the hairy situations. Your also a lot easier to replace than a nurse. It is also not uncommon for someone to die in custody, especially someone at risk for that (like being drunk, having heart problems, and being obese). Ask any cop from an metro PD. You are however lucky to get the tools you have. We get pepper foam and a mini maglight. Don't forget that hopitals are liberal environments also. Lots of internal politics and less-than-practical ideals. Follow the policies and procedures, do what the boss and nurses/doctors tell you to (within reason), and enjoy it. It's a good job. Hospitals are like little towns within towns. Everything from having a mayor and city council to public works and law enforcement (you). Just know the boundaries and you'll be fine.
    Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

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    • #17
      In regards to training, what does everyone do for training? We spend a week or two going over the smaller things like hospital "new employee orientation," new officer orientation (fire safety, haz-mat, alerts, etc..), county driving course, 1 week of defensive tactics to include baton, OC, Taser, PPCT, handcuffing, patient restraints, etc... You spend a the rest of the time with an FTO. The training period is 6 weeks long. We also require First Responder at a minimum, and if you don't have it when you get hired, we will put you through it.
      Apparently a HUGE cop wannabe...

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      • #18
        So I've been here a couple months now. I came to the conclusion you guys work at better hospitals then I do, or maybe it's just the enviroment I'm not used too...
        "What if this is as good as it gets?" ~ Melvin Udall

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        • #19
          Hospital Security Question

          At the risk of pointing out the obvious, because I guess it almost goes without saying, but not all hospitals are created equally. What are you trying to tell us here? Are you not getting training that you want or need? Are you not paid fairly? Is it a hospital that serves a certain type of clientele that is hostile to security?

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          • #20
            I understand every hospital runs differently. It just seems training, administration, and day to day operations could use a MAJOR overhaul. It also seems (and I'm pretty sure this is typical) that Security is viewed almost as a necessary evil, as opposed to any form of asset.

            I apologize for any sniveling, whining, or ranting... It's just long couple of months

            Thanks all.
            "What if this is as good as it gets?" ~ Melvin Udall

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            • #21
              You're right - part of the problem is the industry itself. From what I've heard, "office politics" is rampant. (Now, the caveat and full disclosure here is that I've never worked it. I know guys who do it, and I've worked perimeter security for hospitals, but that's it.)

              The health care industry, especially in Seattle, is a highly competitive business. The bottom line is always looked at, and they never seem to get it right. They claim too many nurses and lay off over 50%. Then they find they have too few nurses and hire a bunch of foreign trained ones because they're cheaper.

              Security isn't seen as an asset, it is seen as an insurance requirement. And I can tell you administrators HATE the fact that Security is legally required to documents incidents, because they see it as a negative that could adversely affect the "product." Anybody who works hospital security gets an extra tip of the hat from me, because of the c--- you guys have to take - from everyone.
              Last edited by Condo Guard; 06-22-2012, 10:21 PM. Reason: spelling

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              • #22
                Right now we are lucky to have an administration that shows its appreciation for us. They know that they need us, and they don't try to hide us. They have our backs and I can honestly say that there isn't anything that I wouldn't do for them, as they're doing a lot for us right now.

                That being said, our previous administrations have been the exact opposite. They wanted us to sit in a closet until we were needed, and go back to it when we were done doing what was neccesary. As I said, right now, we are lucky to have who we do in the big offices, they're great.
                Apparently a HUGE cop wannabe...

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                • #23
                  Sgtnewby, cherish that lol.

                  At the nameless facility I work at, we are despised by admin and laughed at by staff.

                  50% of the Nursing staff think we have the powers of a Police Officer, therefore think we are lazy for not acting as such. The other 50% know we have no more "power" or "authority" (maybe less) then they do, and think we are a joke.

                  The job hunt is on, lol
                  "What if this is as good as it gets?" ~ Melvin Udall

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                  • #24
                    Congrats!

                    Congratulations! Im still trying to get into one.

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                    • #25
                      Received a phone call inviting me to test for Corrections at the County Jail. I test the 14th. Wish me luck!!
                      "What if this is as good as it gets?" ~ Melvin Udall

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