When and how to contact "The State"

  1. I wrote in another post that I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay in my facility because I felt it was unsafe environment.

    Now I am sure I want out after personally witnessing something I prefer not to write about. This is beyond how I am being treated this is a matter of residents safety.

    Can someone please tell me how I go about notifying "The State" my facility is in NY and I don't know where to start.
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  3. by   agldragonRN
    Quote from i like sike
    i wrote in another post that i wasn't sure if i wanted to stay in my facility because i felt it was unsafe environment.

    now i am sure i want out after personally witnessing something i prefer not to write about. this is beyond how i am being treated this is a matter of residents safety.

    can someone please tell me how i go about notifying "the state" my facility is in ny and i don't know where to start.

    i understand your frustrations. i would start by calling your state board of nursing. here it is:

    new york state board of nursing
    ny state education department
    office of the professions
    state educational building
    2nd floor
    albany, new york 12234
    phone: (518) 474-3817
    fax: (518) 474-1449
    website: www.op.nysed.gov/nurse.htm
    email: op4info@mail.nysed.gov


    i hope you get your answers..
    angel
  4. by   Never say "QUIET"
    Quote from agldragon
    i understand your frustrations. i would start by calling your state board of nursing. here it is:

    new york state board of nursing
    ny state education department
    office of the professions
    state educational building
    2nd floor
    albany, new york 12234
    phone: (518) 474-3817
    fax: (518) 474-1449
    website: www.op.nysed.gov/nurse.htm
    email: op4info@mail.nysed.gov


    i hope you get your answers..
    angel
    thank you angel. i'll start there in the am right now i woyuld probably sound like a babbling fool i'm so upset.
  5. by   agldragonRN
    Quote from i like sike
    thank you angel. i'll start there in the am right now i woyuld probably sound like a babbling fool i'm so upset.
    you are very welcome. i applaud you for advocating for your patients. good luck and let us know what the board says.

    angel
  6. by   pagandeva2000
    I also wish to advise that it may be better to do it after you leave. At times, people may be able to tell based on your facial expressions and body gestures that you are truly disgusted with them, which may leave you as a target. I live in New York, also, and was about to provide the same information, but someone else already gave it to you. Good luck!
  7. by   RNDreamer
    I'm sorry to hear this and I hope that by you reporting the incident(s), it results in a safer environment for the residents.

    Quote from I LIKE SIKE
    I wrote in another post that I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay in my facility because I felt it was unsafe environment.

    Now I am sure I want out after personally witnessing something I prefer not to write about. This is beyond how I am being treated this is a matter of residents safety.

    Can someone please tell me how I go about notifying "The State" my facility is in NY and I don't know where to start.
  8. by   elkpark
    In most states, the Board of Nursing deals only with the practice and licenses of specific, individual nurses. If your concern is with the facility overall, you need to contact your state agency that licenses/regulates healthcare facilities (the agency that sends surveyors/inspectors -- this is what healthcare people usually mean when they talk about "the State"). Every state has one, but it's called something different in every state -- usually, it's a division of your state Department of Health and Human Services (or whatever that's called in your state! ) The state DHHS website would be a good place to start looking for who you need to contact. Typically, there's an "800" number "hotline" for complaints, and you can make complaints/reports anonymously.

    I worked as a surveyor for my state's licensing agency for several years -- we investigated all complaints, and reported back to the complainant (if the person gave us contact information; obviously, we couldn't get back in touch with them if they complained anonymously) after the investigation was done what our findings were. The final reports of the investigations are public record (since they are being done on the public's behalf). Our agency much preferred complainants to give us their names & contact information, but we always kept that information secret from the facilities when we investigated. That's not to say that managers of a facility couldn't sometimes figure out on their own who had made a complaint, but they sure never heard it from us (and, in fact, we went to a lot of trouble, "decoy" charts, etc., to try to keep them from being able to even figure it out on their own).

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