Due Process

  1. Due Process... what is it and how does it work? This was mentioned to me by another RN in conjunction with a rumor about another nurse being fired. I was curious but just nodded and kept going. So... What is Due Process within the context of firing someone?
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  3. by   snowfreeze
    Due process is following the law as laid out by the government and in this circumstance it is probably following the policy and procedures of this facility along with the contract this person had signed.
    Some circumstances in nursing would be excessive call offs, not following policy and procedure and all of these would not be first offenses. Generally a verbal warning is first, then a written then possibly time off without pay then firing.
    I would guess that the nurse commenting "due process" about someone being fired it would be about a known non compliant employee and that firing is expected by co-workers.
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    Due process is also founded in the 14th or 15th amendment to the constitution.

    Its the idea that property cannot be deprived without a process of procedures to protect the rights of individuals. It underlies the basis of progressive discipline as laid out in union contracts.