Quote from boxter
Ingelein: I hope you are not out of nursing because of this? Does that mean you lost your license, or you opted out? How would they find out they were reported? Isn't that supposed to be confidential?
I can see a lot of adverse goings on, and no help for it just working on the floor. But I thank you for the name of the book. I am not necessarily blind to the "Industry" that medicine has become, but just working and being in a union, I keep on learning new things.
I am indeed sorry for what has happened to you. And, sickingly, all in the name of money.
I have read somewhere that you should not let your job or profession define you. Oh??????? Just forget about a part of your life and accomplishments?
Dear Boxter, Yes I am out of nursing because of this. Basically I have been blackballed from any of the halfway decent LTC facilities that have a Alzheimers/ Dementia unit.I cant work any other type of unit anymore due to my health. Dementia units are traditionally easier physically than the acute care units LTC's are pushing now. I was hired at a couple of absolute DUNGEONS, even worse than where I was fired from.They were not comparible to the unit I had been working on for the last 5 years, MUCH more physical and because of DDD and DJD-spine and knees, just could not do it .
No I did not lose my liscence, there was no reason to lose my liscense, I was squeeky clean ,with EXCELLENT yearly evaluations for all my 27 years of nursing.
The nursing home that fired me was the one under investigation, not me.
You ask how did the employer find out I reported them to the state? I TOLD them I was reporting them to the state for demanding me to do something illegal/unethical.I would not have gotton any protection under our state whistleblower law if I had kept it a secret that I reported them to the state, so I thank God that I told them. I want all out there to know that if you feel you must report your employer to the state and want protection under the law, you HAVE to let them know that you have reported them, otherwise they will claim they did not know so how could they have retaliated against you for reporting them? BUT, be aware that if you report them to state and they find out OR you told them, as I did, you WILL BE FIRED in retaliation, and most likely blackballed, probably will never work in healthcare again.
If you report and think it will remain a secret, I say good luck , you have put yourself in danger and you will not have garnered yourself any legal protection.The healthcare industry and their lawyers know that it is a GREAT RISK for a nurse to report to the state and they use this as leverage to get their employees suficiently intimidated, SO very little reporting actually happens, and they continue to do what they are so good at doing.
It is a big risk to take, but WORTH IT for me, speaking ONLY for myself.You are very fortunate you are in a union, I would have been protected if I had been in a union.
Yes money is definatly the bottom line, and the LTC is one of the most despicable dirty industry's out there , of course in my opinion only, dont want any lawsuits coming my way until I get this one done with.:uhoh21: