My don accused me of patient abandonment during a snowstorm - page 2

Today, I was accused of patient abandonment for leaving work during a snowstorm. Please enlighten me! I was working 7-3 last Tuesday, there was a snowstorm coming. I had asked my DON if I can do... Read More

  1. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from NurseScorpio88
    Worse comes to worse I will probably do that.
    You should do it now, before it ever goes to the BON. That's the whole point.
  2. by   jive turkey
    I don't get it, how on earth did you "abandon" your patients if another nurse that was scheduled to come in took report and documented caring for those patients? If you can get a hold of that nurse they should be able to confirm your situation.
  3. by   nursemike
    Quote from JKL33
    Don't communicate with these people. Never faced this but I have to think I would have a lawyer send them whatever kind of letter is appropriate regarding their malicious and defamatory false allegations. ASAP.
    The first thing a lawyer will tell you is not to communicate directly with them. The second thing is likely to be that you may be able to recover significant damages if they go forward with such an obviously unfounded accusation.
  4. by   Crush
    That is just plain nuts. Lawyer, write up a letter ( don't send without attorney consult though ) with situation, including all relevant information as mentioned on one of the previous posts. I agree, no communication with them though. All communication should go through an attorney. I have no idea what on earth they are thinking with this being abandonment since clearly you gave report to the oncoming nurse and they accepted the assignment.
  5. by   NurseScorpio88
    Quote from jive turkey
    I don't get it, how on earth did you "abandon" your patients if another nurse that was scheduled to come in took report and documented caring for those patients? If you can get a hold of that nurse they should be able to confirm your situation.
    That's the thing that made me confused, which part did I abandoned the patient if I gave the report already.
  6. by   NurseScorpio88
    Quote from Crush
    That is just plain nuts. Lawyer, write up a letter ( don't send without attorney consult though ) with situation, including all relevant information as mentioned on one of the previous posts. I agree, no communication with them though. All communication should go through an attorney. I have no idea what on earth they are thinking with this being abandonment since clearly you gave report to the oncoming nurse and they accepted the assignment.
    DON said I left the building without telling her during the Snowstorm when everybody stayed. I asked her though if I can stay and have the day off the next day which she refused.
  7. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Yeah you work for an idiot. Unfortunately this is not unusual. Welcome to Nursing!!!! Your DON messed up and she is trying to throw you under the bus. Get a lawyer and fight back immediately before the super-geniuses at the BON get involved and try to wreck your life
  8. by   Leader25
    absolutely.
  9. by   Leader25
    Get a lawyer , how dare they treat you like that,the DON was just covering her incompetent butt.Document everything ,you can send a letter certified return receipt to Human resources (although the name human is big on them)do not be afraid to fight for yourself.
  10. by   blondy2061h
    Reading this I'm so angry for you. Usually in the "I'm fired and I don't understand why" posts, the poster clearly did something wrong. Not in this case. You've be handed an injustice.
  11. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    I agree that you should get a lawyer. Do you have malpractice insurance? You can start with a lawyer there. But everything should go through them. It will be money well spent.
  12. by   NurseScorpio88
    Quote from JenTheSchoolRN
    I agree that you should get a lawyer. Do you have malpractice insurance? You can start with a lawyer there. But everything should go through them. It will be money well spent.
    Unfortunately I don't have one.
  13. by   NurseScorpio88
    Quote from blondy2061h
    Reading this I'm so angry for you. Usually in the "I'm fired and I don't understand why" posts, the poster clearly did something wrong. Not in this case. You've be handed an injustice.
    I was speechless. I wish I knew that my request was granted. All I want was a compromise.

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