My Mom is still in the hospital (since Monday) and something happened last night that really pisses me off. The fire alarm was set off somehow at about 12:50 a.m. and continued blaring for 20 minutes. Now, I totally understand how fire alarms are handled by the Fire Department and Police Department after working as a dispatcher for many years. I know the Firefighters respond and then clomp around checking everything, until it is determined what is going on. Unfortunately, the alarm cannot be just turned off, there are procedures to follow, and there isn’t just one button to push to turn it off. But, last night when the Firefighters were doing their jobs, the Nurses and Aides weren’t. No one came in my Mom’s room. No one came in her room and told her that the Fire Department was there. No one came in her room and told her to stay calm. No one came in her room. My Mother is thankfully a very calm person. She is 87 and a cardiac patient and she wasn’t afraid. But I can’t stop thinking about the other patients laying in their beds. I called the Director of Nursing today and complained…she was very upset. But not as upset as me. Once again let me say….no one came in her room. Good thing I wasn’t there when this was going on. I would have kicked some ass. What do your think about this?