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I am so tired. I don't feel like I have the energy to write out two years of drama. Read any commentary on lateral violence and that is what I've been through. Do you know that the only advice I ever get is, "Change jobs?" Nobody has any advice to offer but that. I don't like that plan because it would mean having this person who has been torturing me win and that seems ridiculous. Nobody should get away with this kind of junk. Has anyone out there ever gone to human resources and gotten action or has that been a fail. I would like to hear from anyone who has tried that. I have plenty of documentation and proof. I know what is happening has been identified by nurses as wrong. But can it be resolved through that means?
Per TOS this is not at all meant to be legal advice. It is certainly up to you to seek or not seek legal advice.
Are you a Union facility? If so, go to your union rep. for assistance.
If you are not a union facility, your parent company has an ethics hotline to report such behaviors.
Make sure your information is not all subjective. This is difficult. Use concrete examples.
Your parent company should also have an HR departments that usually include employee relation departments. They can investigate complaints if warranted.
If this is a JHACO or Medicare facility, see what they have as far as complaint lines.
One of the most difficult things is to believe that you will not be believed. It is a scary place to be.
Another thought is to speak to your malpractice insurance company. They can give good advice on how to proceed, and protect yourself in the process.
If things are that overwhelming, maybe you are not the only one who has seen it. One of the things that work about reporting to someone higher than yourself is that they have the authority to do something about it,even if it is to give confidentiality to other nurses who come forward, and other things that can't usually be done on a local level.
If you are not union (and if you are it is in your union contract) look at your policies regarding workplace violence. Sometimes there's a "hotline" to discuss these concerns. Your union rep locally and regionally also are learned in this.
Good luck and contact your insurance to protect yourself.