At the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada this past Monday, a very unusual and terrifying scene took place that left nearly all its participants in shock — both out of fear and genuine bewilderment as to how safety planners could be so stupid.
That’s because last Monday, an off-duty police officer stormed into the hospital’s Sienna campus, where the most sick patients are cared for, and pointed a gun at staff. He then ordered as many as 10 nurses down a hallway and into a room, according to a local report.
It all turned out to be a “safety” drill gone horribly wrong.
“But in Monday’s incident, which occurred in a unit that houses the hospital’s sickest patients, nurses, patients and their families did not know it was a drill, said Renee Ruiz, organizer of the California Nurses Association, which represents staff at the hospital.”
It was only after nurses were herded into the room that the officer explained the motivation for his dramatic rouse.
Andy North, the hospital’s director of public policy, told the paper they’d engaged in an effort to make drills “as realistic as possible.” He claimed staff should have been told ahead of time.
Let's say that someone in that hospital lobby had a handgun. Had he put a round in this guy's head, would he have been charged with some crime? I can't imagine so; he's using justifiable force to defend life against what, by all reasonable appearances, is just some crazed madman.
So is it really wise to be conducting a drill that is "as realistic as possible" that it becomes legal to kill the guy running the drill?
This country has descended into complete idiocy.