we can't offer legal advice here. is suggest you contact a lawyer in addition to the union. does your wife have malpractice insurance
i would contact them as well. it's touchy.....speaking with the supervisor is not the same as giving report and leaving the patients with another qualified staff member. leaving without someone accepting report and the patients can legally interpreted as abandonment whether she "quit" or not she left the patients without another nurse accepting responsibility for the patients in her care. as far as the forced working or mandatory overtime....until recently mi considered it abandonment if a nurse refused to stay when mandated.
august, 2011. the resolution reads:whereas:
licensed nurses (registered nurses and licensed practical nurses) are expected, at all times, to use their critical judgment in providing safe care for their patients; and
: the exercise of this judgment includes making a decision about accepting or rejecting a request to work overtime.
therefore, be it resolved:
that rns and lpns are exercising this responsibility if they reject a request to work overtime because they believe they cannot safely provide care. such refusal would not in and of itself constitute patient abandonment
. (emphasis added)
michigan nurses association - news & events - board of nursing patient abandonment resolution
"the abandoning, without adequate warning, of a patient needing further medical care by the person responsible for that care."
so it is difficult to say......speak to a lawyer. i wish you both the best.