Quote from BucklandRN
okay this may be a silly ? but if an md gets "fired" from a facility (which probably rarely happens) like does he give a damn about whats on his work history? i mean who wouldnt hire a doctor because he made a mistake or because someone didnt like him? and why would he even have to fight that battle? There are so many nursing, and md demands that noone cares probably that this lady was a jerk, or you made a human mistake. Isnt it the same for nurses? I thought as long as you hold that degree and you can do the task, who cares about the other stuff? So I guess having that "paper" doesnt exempt you from workforce politics. i thought only people who work at mcdonalds dealt with that kinda stuff. furthermore, what about other things? like are you always late? do you make frequent mistakes?(which may require a drug test), is your attitude toward tha patients less than professional? thats the stuff that matters!!!
'Having that paper' puts you in the position where undesirable or questionable behavior is reportable to the state board of Nursing or Medicine. This includes DUI, narcotic diversion, as well as being a danger to patients, sexual misconduct, or having an event where a patient was harmed from your actions. This also applys to doctors.
Doctors who have any sexual offense against them makes puts them before their own licensing board and may put them on suspension or revoke their license. With that may come a hospital who then suspends privledges...(your patients suddenly cancel their appointments...or perhaps in your contract with your partners there are stipulations so in fact docs are forced to leave a partnership...i.e., maybe it's a contractual thing).
I was hired as an NP to replace a Doc who was erratic and was somewhat verbally abusive to staff. I just got a call for a reference for him ( 7 months post firing...and he still doesn't have a job). AT our hospital We also have a doc who had inappropriate pt. contact and he was suspended for one year, counseling, and has to be supervised. It's a small place and no one really looks at hime the same.
A piece of paper should never be interpretted as 'protective'. To care for people is a privledge. Unfortunatley some people who never meant to do wrong can end up at the wrong end of the supervisor and "employment at will" rules so anyone can get fired. In a small state or region this can be a scarlet letter.