One of my employees had a bit of an anger management problem. He has frequent bouts of ranting and yelling when things don’t go his way. He will even throw things on occasion. He once broke a computer monitor when he threw a stapler during one of his fits. Everyone knows about his temper, and frequently jokes about it when he isn’t around.
This week’s rant is a scheduling dispute. Short version is that he doesn’t like his schedule and is taking it as a personal attack. He made the statement “I’m tired of getting screwed. Everyone responsible needs to die a painful death.” I had enough and went to the supervisor. She replied: “I didn’t hear the death threats. The other stuff is just how he is. He’s been saying that stuff for years and hasn’t done anything.”
So I am carrying a handgun to work, in violation of policy. Hard to do in scrubs. I have a S&W Bodyguard .380 in a Graystone holster tank top underneath my scrubs. It is the only gun I own that is small enough not to show under the thin material of hospital scrubs.
DBM · June 23, 2021 at 8:00 am
If the supervisor refused to acknowledge that, it’s time to go to HR. That’s a hostile work environment. Even if HR won’t do anything, everything is documented so you can sue The sh$& out of them if something were to happen. IANAL.
Jen · June 23, 2021 at 8:25 am
Definitely go to HR. Start the paper trail, document every outburst with an incident report. Those have to be reviewed by risk management. Study hospital policy and take up with HR why violent outbursts not being taken seriously.
Oh, and wear a loose scrub jacket, like the ones OR and OB nurses wear. It hides a multitude of bulges.
Bob · June 23, 2021 at 9:32 am
Good plan. Ulitimately it’s up to you to take care of you.
Anonymous · June 23, 2021 at 9:48 am
Maybe you can invent a concealed holster that prints like a piece of medical equipment, such as a colostomy bag.
Miguel GFZ · June 23, 2021 at 10:20 am
Agree with everybody about the paper trail.
Yep · June 23, 2021 at 12:36 pm
Keltec 32 works VERY well in NPE…….
G-man · June 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Look into the PHLSTER Enigma concealment chassis. I have read lots of good things, and will be picking one up as soon as they come back in stock. I bought one of their Pro series holsters from my P365XL, and it’s far and away the most comfortable AIWB holster I’ve ever worn. The Enigma chassis then further separates the holster from your clothing so it’s independent and there’s no visible clips on a belt, or risk of the gun’s weight pulling on your scrub pants.
Also, +1 on the ‘Start the paper trail’. Supervisor be damned, HR, and probably security, need to have this guy solidly on their radar(s).
Michael in AK · June 23, 2021 at 6:40 pm
ABSOLUTELY GO TO HR. You probably have a viable action against your supervisor and hence the employer.
Mark J · June 24, 2021 at 1:04 am
I agree with the others, time to go to HR and document each incident in which this guy has his meltdowns. Anything goes sideways it will be on them for failing to act on your concerns.
JT Hayes · June 24, 2021 at 5:22 pm
Murseworld.com sells scrubs for men. They have Koi brand scrub pants with belt loops, which makes it easier for me to carry a small .380 in non permissive environments where I work. You might want to check them out.
Mike_C · June 25, 2021 at 1:40 pm
She replied: “I didn’t hear the death threats.”
So now there are two problem people. The employee who cannot control himself, and the supervisor who is arbitrarily dismissing your legitimate concern for the safety and well being of yourself and your team.
Don’t only report/document Angry Guy’s outbursts, document also Supervisor’s refusal to do her job. Obviously she need not personally hear a threat, or witness an outburst, for the problem to exist. Now from what you’ve described, it doesn’t sound like a death threat to me, but there doesn’t need to be any sort of threat. Violent behavior (throwing things is enough) is clearly going to be contrary to hospital (or whatever organization) code of employee conduct.
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