Why is it always "Fire the nurse" - page 3

by Simply Complicated | 5,976 Views | 26 Comments

I understand that when things go not as expected, or people don't feel they got the care they deserve, they have a right to be upset. If it was due to a mistake a nurse made, I understand feeling it was the nurses fault. But I... Read More


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    Yes! They DO get fired. Pts feel empowered by doing this or they may not be aware of the consequences.
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    In almost 30 years of nursing I have rarely seen a true case of "fire the nurse first" over a patient complaint unless there was an extreme error or managers were already looking for an excuse to fire a person. I have witnessed administration in facilities making a nurse the scapegoat however. Those cases are really heart breakers if it happens to your friend. I left a job one time because I watched how they treated a fellow nurse in a situation that resulted in the hospital being held legally accountable. It was not based on a complaint but the threat of legal action.

    The nurse closest to rendering primary care and their supervisor were terminated that same day. It broke my heart to see how a facility could treat someone who had worked for them over ten years. I did not want to work in a place like that and left. I am so much happier now but wiser. I have grown up enough to realize when it comes to money or the threat of a lawsuit, a place will throw their floor staff under the bus in a New York minute!
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    Happened to me just 2 days ago. Every accusation was so very vague; no specifics. Been a RN >30 yrs & first time I've been fired.
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    lol I always thought it was fire the waitress. Or fire the clerk. Or fire the ______. People always aim for the nearest target.
    enchantmentdis likes this.
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    Unless everybody had their fingers up there at the same time, there is no saying that she wasn't at a 3.
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    When I was an L&D nurse I had checked a pt as anesthesia was on the unit to do an epidural for her. I needed to make sure her VERY slow labor was progressing. She was a VERY easy check and had finally progressed to a 4 so we started the epidural procedure. 20 minutes for epidural placement (at most) and pt stated she wasn't having relief yet so CRNA stayed in the room an prepped another kit. As pt is sitting up getting another sterile cleansing on her back, she came up to her feet from a standing position and said she needed to push. We got her side-lying and I checked her and she was crowning! I pushed the emergency button and my team ran in and helped me with my first nurse-assisted delivery! So, absolutely...someone can go from 4 to delivery in 30 minutes! This was her first baby too.
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    In my many years of nursing, I have definitely seen the nurse get fired for things that weren't really in the nurse's control. I have witnessed doctors outright lie to patients and blame the nurse for something the doctor did.


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