what happened here is truly tragic -- but given the complex, understaffed and over worked conditions in most hospitals, well -- it, or something like it, could happen to many of us.
the nurse's name is "Julie". there is a link at this web site to email support to this nurse. Please join me in letting Julie know that we are with her.
nursing organizations need to address this -- and muster as much support from other professional organizations to STOP THIS MADNESS of pressing criminal charges against a nurse who made an honest mistake.
by the way, where is the ANA??????????????
Since When Is It A Crime To Be Human?
ismp.org says it so well:
"The belief that a medication error could lead to felony charges, steep fines, and a jail sentence can also have a chilling effect on the recruitment and retention of healthcare providers--particularly nurses, who are already in short supply."
Please use this link to give support to that RN.
Nov 19, '06
In a nursing home I used to work in,an RN altered a MD order which resulted in a patients death, the DOJ was not involved in that case, could it be that it was because the patient was in her 80's not a teenager? In this incident an RN WILLFULLY and DELIBERATLY reinserted a G-tube in a Peg Tube site, the doctor's order had read "Send patient out to ER to have feeding tube replaced", this RN added the words,"unless nurse can reinsert". The tube was in the peritoneum and the patient died as a reult of MASSIVE peritonitis. The nursing home did not self report to state until the family sued and the nurse was not discharged until after they had to self report to the state. This RN was a Unit Manager the nursing home absolutely just loved, yet they fired me for reporting them to the Wisconsin BQA (state) in an unrelated matter, far less serious. I have contacted the Madison newspaper and have told this to them in hopes of helping Julie Thao in her defense.
We need to have protection under the law a strong Federal law for nurses or else we may all be facing criminal charges as the nursing homes and hospitals continue to have "gotton away with murder". The BQA (state ) does not enforce the laws that are already in palce to protect patients and hold the healthcare facilities responsible for understaffing which has probably caused many a injury or death. The Regulating and Liscensing Department only slapped the wrist of this RN who caused this 80 year old patient's death, she continued to work in the field and still does.
WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THIS PICTURE!!!??
Last edit by Simplepleasures on Nov 19, '06
: Reason: TOS issue