I don't know why the nurses would make you turn over the BlackBerry to them at night. I can see they might want you to turn it off at night so as to not disturb other patients. If it were me, I would question that policy and go all the way to the hospital administrator if necessary. Any personal property belonging to a patient should be kept in a safe, locked, and the patient should have a receipt for it, signed by himself and a staff person who witnessed it being put into the safe.
Even then, your best protection is to put a password on the device as others recommended. Make it complex enough it wouldn't be easily guessed, not your date of birth because they have that in your chart. But not so complex you can't remember it. And set the password time out for a very short time when you turn it over, if you are forced to turn it over.
For the GPS, if it makes you feel better, you can set it to 911 only.
Last edited by daphne : 08-23-2009 at 07:51 PM.