I have worked with different long-term care facilities and it seems like every complaint or accusation made by a patient, the facility seem to favor the patient. I have seen some co-worker's fired from the job without further investigation or questioning. What is our protection against these situations? Are facilities required to do some legal process before taking action against its employee?
Sep 26, '13
by kbrn2002 Pro
If you live in an at will employment state [and I think all but a few are] an employer can terminate an employee for any reason, or no reason at all.
Last edit by kbrn2002 on Sep 26, '13
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Sep 26, '13
For minor issues such as the patient claiming the nurse was "uncaring" your best defense is a unit manager who is reasonable. A resonable unit manager acknowledges that when patients complain, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. My unit manager told us unit leadership knows that sometimes the patients exaggerate or overdramatize and they will do their best to respond to complaints in a way that is fair to both sides.
On the other hand, if your unit manager is a scalp hunter, the best thing is to leave that unit or that organization.
Scalp hunter managers usually have a history of frequent job changes, as generally they do poorly as leaders (conflict with floor staff, unprofessional behavior, etc.) and their employers have to ask them to resign. I ran into one of those when I was working in rehabilitation. She was my DON, but only for a couple months I think, because they fired her. She had left her previous job under tumultuous circumstances too, so this was a pattern of behavior.
Last edit by Concerto_in_C on Sep 26, '13