Georgia Approves New Reporting Requirements For Nurses

  1. ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has approved a proposal that would require nurses to report alleged professional violations by their colleagues.

    Senate Bill 13 also requires nursing agencies and health care entities that employ nurses to report to the state anytime a nurse is fired or resigns for disciplinary reasons.
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  3. by   Ruas61
    I can see this going south real quick.
  4. by   netglow
  5. by   morte
    revenge comes to mind. Also, Group One.
  6. by   Indy
    I think only HCA hospitals use Group One in Georgia, but I may be wrong.
  7. by   morte
    I was thinking of the concept of Group One, more than the actual company. Sad to see it has "gotten out of" Texas.
    Quote from Indy
    I think only HCA hospitals use Group One in Georgia, but I may be wrong.
  8. by   Esme12
    wow....this is a lot of power to the hospitals.

    Do this, behave...or else
  9. by   Ruas61
    Well, I worry about vengeful reporting. You make a 'good faith' report on someone that is not true or twisted and they may be cleared but it is still a mark or hit on their name. Is there a right to know your accuser? Is everyone exempt from responsibilities? It scares me.
  10. by   Indy
    My boss explained that at our facility, we intend to have it work this way: you must tell the supervisor what you think. You have to have actual objective events to say something. He or she will then have the responsibility to ask the nurse to do an impromptu drug test. Refusal results in the DON getting involved and I am sure, a possible firing. Acceptance, and a subsequent negative test, results in employee health getting involved and asking the nurse if they are having issues that they could help with, and no report is made to the BON. I do not know if refusal of a drug test results in a report, and that's all I've heard on the subject other than reading the text of the proposal.

    However, all of this seems like common sense to me; if I work with an impaired nurse I will speak up. I think what it will do is reiterate that nurses are mandated reporters and that includes of other nurses... then it states of course, if the impaired nurse is a patient, the nurse(s) caring for that person don't have to report. I think. Really I am not sure what the point of it all is.