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How does a nurse pick HERSELF up when everyone keeps kicking her down?

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docpsychrn42 has 25 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Peds and Forensic/Mental Health/Correct.

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docpsychrn42 has 25 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Peds and Forensic/Mental Health/Correct.

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BrokenRN and Smithbc1:

Thank you for such kind and compassionate responses. BrokenRN, you brought tears to my eyes and really touched my heart with your words. You are right, nurses are being treated so unfairly in our fields and let me tell you....I know that I intimidated my boss because I knew so much more than her! She hated the fact that I had many more years in mental health than her and she hated the fact that everyone came to me when they had a question! I can't help that I am seasoned in my field! She just graduated and became a boss. It's not my fault she didn't know what she was doing half the time. And then to pull her personal feelings into the whole thing was very unprofessional on her part. Someone called me from my office yesterday and told me that she was crying when she told everyone that "the nurse is no longer with us". Crying! Right....for what? Because she knows that they will have to work like crazy to find someone that knows what they are doing in there? A part of me wants that job back worse than you know, but another part is telling me that I need to back away from all of this and go into something else. I am taking a break from the stress, pressure and frustration this week. I will look for another job, but I am going to give myself a week to try and heal a little bit before I tackle all this. I WILL be getting a lawyer and I will make it a little harder for them to drop this. If I only had enough room to tell you all the things I went through at that job! I am going to pray that a lawyer will help me in some way to make this all right. I need the reference for my career. I need my name cleared. It's not fair and I want it to be fair.....Thank you all again! It's great being able to vent to other nurses that know what I am going through.

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Nurse75 has 32 years experience and specializes in Pediatrics.

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Could this be an issue of whistle-blower retribution? You mention a grievance. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 forbids it. I quit a job after 10 years when the whistle was blown on some illegal activities going on within the corporation that I worked for. I hadn't blown the whistle but they decided it was me. At that point, it was me or them and it wasn't going to be me. I think you are indeed entitled to some sort of explanation and would definitely pursue that.

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http://medi-smart.com/whistleblower-protection.htm

http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAPoliticalPower/State/StateLegislativeAgenda/Whistleblower_1.aspx

I am involved in a Whistleblower Retaliation lawsuit against my former employer. I was covered under the WI Healthcare Worker Whistleblower Retaliation Protection Act. Different States have similar laws regarding whistleblower retaliation. If you feel you may fall under one of these laws, make sure you address this with an EMPLOYMENT lawyer.

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docpsychrn42 has 25 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Peds and Forensic/Mental Health/Correct.

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Nurse75, I will look into that! Thanks for the information. I was complaining constantly to the corporation about discrimination because the boss and her secretary were constantly speaking spanish in the workplace! They would do it all day with patients around etc. We asked them numerous times to stop and they continued to do it. They hated ME for it. Then the secretary was "allowed" to scream at us, demean us, tell us what to do etc and the boss did nothing about it. We complained about that over and over and nothing was done. They blamed ME for it. The list goes on and on. Ultimately, I was the one let go.....

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Nurse75, I will look into that! Thanks for the information. I was complaining constantly to the corporation about discrimination because the boss and her secretary were constantly speaking spanish in the workplace! They would do it all day with patients around etc. We asked them numerous times to stop and they continued to do it. They hated ME for it. Then the secretary was "allowed" to scream at us, demean us, tell us what to do etc and the boss did nothing about it. We complained about that over and over and nothing was done. They blamed ME for it. The list goes on and on. Ultimately, I was the one let go.....
Unless your company has a policy on the books that states no one may speak in anything but English, you will most likely not be able to prove any retaliatory action. Sarbanes Oxley and other Whistleblower Laws would not deal with this type of thing, much bigger fish to fry.

Health care whistleblower retaliation protection laws protect the nurse when reporting about PATIENT care issues, Sarbanes Oxley is more of a corporate whistleblower law, deals with things other than health care issues or workers. Sorry this happened to you, I hope things work out for you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarbanes-Oxley_Act

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docpsychrn42 has 25 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Peds and Forensic/Mental Health/Correct.

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I understand about the speaking English part, I just added that to my list of problems. They did have a policy that we were to speak only English though. We had so many doctor's that came from overseas that the Director made sure that was in the policy. He too was from overseas as well :o) I will focus on what happened to me and not the little things.

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