Whistle Blowing

  1. What does everyone think about nurses whistle blowing. Do you guys think there are any strategies that hospitals can have to make whistle blowing more acceptable?
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   emtb2rn
    Sounds like homework. What do you think? We're glad to help but won't do your homework for you.
  4. by   Fiona59
    Homework or real life situation?

    What are your thoughts on the issue?
  5. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Threads merged in student assistance forum.

    If this is a homework assignment, we won't do your work for you. Please share your thoughts and research and other students and nurses will be happy to help and guide you.
  6. by   Esme12
    I agree with everyone......we need to hear your thoughts first. As a member of the old bat society I can give an opinion.....

    How can hospitals make it more acceptable??? By making administrators behave AND stop creating ways to fire these people and by making a truly anonymous way of reporting. But that will NEVER happen.....whistle blowers cost the facilities money.
  7. by   studentnurse1992
    Not homework actually. Just something that we were talking about it class and I was just wondering what others thoughts were.

    We were talking about having different ways of reporting such as an anonymous report box.
  8. by   RNperdiem
    Just calling it "whistleblowing" shows a change. This is a relatively new term for old concept that went by some unflattering names: ratting, tattling, snitching etc.
    Doesn't "whistleblowing" sound like you are doing something heroic?
  9. by   Esme12
    Many of us have been around here a long time....and we've been in school ourselves...so we know that a bunch of nurses or nursing student don't really sit around casually talking about "strategies that hospitals can have to make whistle blowing more acceptable?" without it coming from some assignment somewhere.

    Hospitals want silent workhorses that never complain....and will do everything in their power to maintain the status quo. Until a third party with no affiliation with the facility what so ever...... and is independent financially....I do not believe there is any solution.
  10. by   studentnurse1992
    Actually isn't a homework assignment just a question my teacher brought up in class but thanks for the conversation...
  11. by   Esme12
    Unfortunately, this is a difficult subject for nurses in the working field....hospital make it very clear while there are processes....they don't want them used.
  12. by   psu_213
    Quote from studentnurse1992
    Not homework actually. Just something that we were talking about it class and I was just wondering what others thoughts were.

    We were talking about having different ways of reporting such as an anonymous report box.
    Here's where I can see a problem with the anonymous report box:

    Nurse Sally sees nurse Mary commit a serious safety violation (such as not reports a med error, failure to use sterile technique when changing a central line dressing, etc.). She tells her nurse manager about this who disciplines Mary. Mary, in an attempt to get back at Sally, puts a anonymous report in the box saying "Sally was seen putting a vial of morphine in her purse and taking it home with her" (or some other damning allegation). Not very fair to Sally who is now being investigated (maybe on suspension) for someone trying to getting revenge using this anonymous report. (where did the 2 cents icon go??)
  13. by   Starfish2012
    So, if you do witness something-like the safety violation you described above-what would you do? Do you feel partially guilty if you don't report it?
  14. by   psu_213
    Quote from Starfish2012
    So, if you do witness something-like the safety violation you described above-what would you do? Do you feel partially guilty if you don't report it?
    I'm saying it should be reported, but there should be no option for anonymity.

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