Well the Lawsuit has been settled...

  1. 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.
    Thank You
    Zoe
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  2. 31 Comments

  3. by   cmggriff
    Congratulations, Zoe. Good to hear from you again. Gary
  4. by   Sleepyeyes
    Way to go, Zoe! And thanks for telling us about this; it'll make taking action that much easier for those of us in similiar situations. Merry Christmas!
  5. by   colleen10
    Dear Zoe,

    I just wanted to say that I feel you are very courageous. Sometimes the harderst person to stand up for is ourselves and it looks like you did everything by the book and would not take "no" for an answer.

    One thing that I am learning through my present job experience is that poor and un-professional behavior often becomes the norm and standard because people will not stand up say that it is not right. Until someone does that, the bad behavior will continue. Change for the better will not occur until someone, such as yourself, brings it to attention either passivley (which in your case did not work) or more aggressively (via your lawyer).

    Although many of your co-workers may think that you "only did it for the money" they and other medical professionals will all be the better because now there is a record of this doctor's very bad behavior and if he ever acts out again against someone, hopefully, that person will not have to struggle as hard as you did.

    Best of luck to you and I hope that you can now put all of this stress and ill feelings behind you.

    Col
  6. by   eltrip
    Well done, Zoe. Thanks for standing up for ALL of us!
    Joy
  7. by   zudy
    Thanks, Zoe!!! So happy for you, and for all of us!!!
  8. by   mattsmom81
    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
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Wat to go Zoe! Congrats to you for standing your ground! I know someone who did something similar to what you did, so I know it was not easy in the least. The emotional toll was great I know, but I'm so proud that you stood up against that!

    Heather
  10. by   renerian
    I don't know you well or the story but I am glad things went your way. Were you injured?

    renerian
  11. by   cactus wren
    Wonderfull, Zoe !!!!
    If more nurses did this then just maybe we could get saner working conditiions in hospitals, and more respect !It must of been he** to go through, but I`m glad you found a supportive lawyer( guess there`s at least 1 out there who isn`t totally smarmy. )
  12. by   lindalee
    Any of you who work with abusive physicians may want to file this for future reference should you need to act. I would hope that incidents like this never happen, but I am aware that they do. Too many nurses will not report or otherwise stop the abuse. I personally think this nurse stood up for all of us and a president has been set. We need to all stand together and stop inappropiate behavior in our work environment.
  13. by   AJACKT33Z
    precedent
  14. by   RRMLPN
    congrats and thank you for setting an excellent example for all of us.

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