Patient abuse - page 2

I witnessed a nursing supervisor physically abuse a patient. While I have seen abuse before, this rose to a level at which I think the supervisor should face charges in court for assault. It was... Read More

  1. by   Libitina
    Good, I'm glad.
  2. by   morte
    consider finding out the law firm hired for rish management, and writing them.
  3. by   Flare
    I was going to make a similar suggestion, Morte. My hospital has risk management that can be called and anonymous reports can be made if desired. There is also a very clear cut non-retaliation policy in place. Beyond that you would be covered by whistle blower laws in place federally. I understand not wanting to get involved, and am glad that you are going to fulfill your duty to advocate for your patient and report abuse.
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    you can also make an anonymous report to the bon and the state dept of health. that should shake up the hornet's nest pretty good, and they might not even know you did it.
  5. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from algebra_demystified
    To make a long story short, I got cornered at work by the DON. I'm going to give up the goods.
    your pt thanks you.

  6. by   algebra_demystified
    I put in my report that I will be following up with the BON in two weeks, and I mentioned that the CNO is a mandatory reporter. I think it's only fair that I give her a heads-up on this. It was so outlandish.

    Christ have mercy.
  7. by   algebra_demystified
    After I turned in the supervisor to the DON, she went around to my coworkers and solicited letters of complaint about me. She got a nice thick stack of them, sat me down, and wrote me up. I had to go four weeks with no med errors. What constitutes a med error in this place is sort of murky. If I filed an incident report on every med error I saw all I would do all day is fill out incident reports. It's a setup. Even the best med nurses in this hospital make a mistake or two every day.

    A little time passed and I noticed that supervisor still on the schedule as a supervisor. There's more, but I want to cover my tracks a little. Horrified at this turn of events, I took myself off the schedule for a while. Word apparently got around, and the administration took notice. I recently found out that that DON got canned, and that the hospital is aggressively pursuing new leadership on the floor.

    I had a chance to meet with the new DON a few days ago and let her know I was happy to see a change in leadership. She knew exactly what I was talking about.
  8. by   mustanglover
    They can not fire you nor retaliate against you, you are protected by law, it's called the whistleblower act.
  9. by   fibroblast
    You must advocate for the patient. At least tell your side, and cover no one's behind. 9 times out of 10 that supervisor will make remarks or say something insulting/inapprpriate to you down the line. You don't have to tell your feelings, just tell your point of view, straightforward.