I dont' have a clue what to do, please someone help me. - page 2

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I've got a state inspector that will not stop calling me. I have already talked to this person about a situation that is being investigated, but now she is wanting to talk to me again and will not stop calling me. I'm terrified... Read More


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    I have been called in twice over a 20 yr period regarding a lawsuit by patient or family. It is true that anyone who was on duty that time period were called in to talk with the facilitys lawyer. None of this was done by phone call other than to schedule a time for you to come in. How these cases were settled I do not know. I do know to only answer the question, do not add to it. The last case that I was called in and questioned was one in which all I did was co-sign electronically for the PCA medication. I was in the room at most 5 min. each time. To witness the loading of syringe and wasting of the removed one. As for myself I had been recovering from major surgery and complications of infection. I had not worked for 18 mo. But I remembered this patient. Anyway the lawyer filled me in on what had happened and told me what the sueing was about. Because my name was attached to this patients record, I was part of the investigation. ( Pt. died at home several months after discharge, spouse wanted money). Our documention is all on the computer and it does not look at all like what you put into the chart. You chart by exception, so if the patient met certain standards, all you did is put in a check mark. If not, then you wrote a more detailed note.
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    My friend has suggested to acquire insurance; especially since I am new graduate. I have still to get one as I want to get a job first. I believe one can get insurance through ANA and they do provide with legal representation, though I am not sure if they would in this case.

    Hopefully all is good for you.
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    It sounds like this is a moot point, but I will throw in my two cents worth anyway. I have had several occasions where I have been interviewed by risk management, the NSA and even the FBI because of my involvement with patients in my care, and I have never, repeat NEVER had anyone harangue or harass me or interview me over the phone. Period. If this person calls you again, I would insist on answering questions in person at your facility, where you have your chart available to consult. I don't know your situation, but don't let them bully you. I have never been the target of an investigation, but even being a witness or on the periphery can be very stressful (FBI anyone?) and you do have some say in how you are questioned. Being on the phone can allow you to be recorded without your consent, and that is bad, not to mention, illegal, and it's not like she would tell you she's doing it. In. Person. Only.
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    Quote from wildboo
    It sounds like this is a moot point, but I will throw in my two cents worth anyway. I have had several occasions where I have been interviewed by risk management, the NSA and even the FBI because of my involvement with patients in my care, and I have never, repeat NEVER had anyone harangue or harass me or interview me over the phone. Period. If this person calls you again, I would insist on answering questions in person at your facility, where you have your chart available to consult. I don't know your situation, but don't let them bully you. I have never been the target of an investigation, but even being a witness or on the periphery can be very stressful (FBI anyone?) and you do have some say in how you are questioned. Being on the phone can allow you to be recorded without your consent, and that is bad, not to mention, illegal, and it's not like she would tell you she's doing it. In. Person. Only.
    This is great advise, I will keep this in mind.
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    Quote from NurseCard
    I've got a state inspector that will not stop calling me. I have already talked to this person about a situation that is being investigated, but now she is wanting to talk to me again and will not stop calling me. I'm terrified to talk to her because I know my documentation is probably bad, and she's going to call me on it. I don't know what to do; I don't know what I'm going to say to this person that I haven't already said; I have told her everything that I remember about the situation. I'm sick right now (literally) and I'm stressed and I'm tired of my job.
    @]RkfdNurse1 or anyone who knows the answer what is POA, i assume the A if for administrator , but the PO?
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Oct 18, '12 : Reason: formatting
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    Power Of Attorney
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