TO: all of those that sent thier words and thoughts to me I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The Lawsuit between myself, The Doctor that threw something at me in the OR, and the Hospital in which this all occured at .
I can not give details of much of it because of the rights of the others envolved but what I can say is this.
If anyone does something to you while you are on the job, and you know it is out of line and endangers You, Your Staff, or your patient in anyway shape or form, SUE SUE SUE SUE SUE.
I went the channels I was sapposed to... which got me no where. The Dr will always have the upper hand, in someones demented mind. But stand your ground, go through the maze of the politics and stand your ground. After months of standing my ground I had enough and was ready and willing to pay someone who is ruthless and trained in the art of tactics well above and beyond and was hired to do my standing for me. And SHE did a wonderful job.
I have what I set out to get. The Drs license in that state, his privledges in that particular OR taken away from him.His actions will follow him and if he does it again there will be a trace in which the person can contact me and I will expose him again. A policy in the hospital that doesnt tollerate such behavior in the OR or even in any working area where Nurses place thier licenses on the line to protect the patient at all costs. It is now in place and active in the hospital in which this event took place in.
I do however have regrets: there were many nurses that I worked with in that hospital that thought I was going through with the case just for money. To them, I do hate that they think that way about me, It was much more than a cash settlement. I paid a price higher than they will ever know themselves.
I have framed beside my College degrees the public and written appology from the Dr that made me be more of a person that I thought I could be. It is with his behavior and humiliation that I am now more assertive as ever for my rights just as much as my patients rights to be treated with dignity.
I cant thank those enough that stood beside me, I now Know how that ant held up that rubber tree plant.
Dec 23, '02
Thanks for sharing Zoe! I love to hear stories like this...gives me hope for nurses everywhere and shows it can be done!!
I know it took a personal toll on you to fight this fight and I thank you for your courage!
Hey...what a great inspirational book a nurse could write...she/he could include all these wonderful success stories like Zoe's.... about nurses who stood up to be counted!
Authors Authors!! :roll
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Dec 23, '02