Since I stated visiting allnurses I've noticed some new grads posting that they were fired from a hospital during or just after orientation.
I also remember reading that when a hospital fires an RN they must report the name of the nurse and reason for termination to the State Board of Nursing? I've read this several different times since graduation but I can't cite the reference. Does anyone know if this is true????? I hope this isn't true because it seems kinda cruel.
Dec 14, '06
Each BON is different, with different rules, but generally, I'd have to say: not true.
Generally, hospitals have a requirement to report to the board 'major infractions' of the state's Nurse Practice Acts that cannot be resolved locally, in a 'peer review' committee, comprised primarily of peer nurses. This is true whether an employee is fired, or not.
But, people get fired for many reasons. Employment infractions would not carry the same weight w/ the board as practice infractions (for example, chronic absenteeism is an employment issue whereas intoxication on the job is a practice issue). IF the boards had to evaluate EVERY termination within a state, the boards would be overwhelmed.
In reality, having to tie up resources dealing with the board is more headache then most employers want to deal with: they normally just want the 'termed' employee gone. I think relatively few nurses are 'reported' to the boards by hospitals, probably far fewer then SHOULD be reported.
Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Dec 14, '06