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:eek: I can't beleive it...I made an honest and harmless error last night. The attending dctor was there, and questioned me about it. I explained my misunderstanding...let me say this is about a patient being moved to another area, not a clinical error ,and I had misunderstood the patients status At any rate, my apology and offer to immediately retify the situation was completely ignored by the physician.A co-worker later informed me that the physician had said to her "This nurse was fired from her previous employer and will be fired from this one for trying to be a doctor"!!! First of all, I was not fired from my previous employer. Secondly, the misstatement was made in a busy unit in front of the people I am in charge of. And thirdly, if she had just listened to me,she would have seen that I simply misunderstood the situation. No one was harmed and her patient received the same exellent care she had been receiving.I offerred to correct the situation not once but twice, andf she refused.I feel humilated and attacked. What should I do?

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j621d has 28 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, Nsg QA.

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Go immediately to your supervisor/manager to explain the incident. It is better to have the issue made known to the supervisor/manager by you rather than from another source. Once the issue is known, you can suggest corrective action (if needed), or explain youself and possibly there will not be a need for further action. This action shows you realized there was a problem and you are owning up to it and seeking to remedy the situation.

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tyvin specializes in BSN/Hospice / psych / RNAC.

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Go to your supervisor and explain what happened. You could fill out an incident report to make sure there's documentation. Ask your DON what you should do. As far as the doc making false statements about you; that doesn't fly in my book. But she could make it difficult if you don't clear this up. Docs can't push nurses around. Clear it up so you can get on with your nursing career.

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Emergency RN has 30 years experience and specializes in ED, CTSurg, IVTeam, Oncology.

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:eek: I can't beleive it...I made an honest and harmless error last night. The attending dctor was there, and questioned me about it. I explained my misunderstanding...let me say this is about a patient being moved to another area, not a clinical error ,and I had misunderstood the patients status At any rate, my apology and offer to immediately retify the situation was completely ignored by the physician.A co-worker later informed me that the physician had said to her "This nurse was fired from her previous employer and will be fired from this one for trying to be a doctor"!!! First of all, I was not fired from my previous employer. Secondly, the misstatement was made in a busy unit in front of the people I am in charge of. And thirdly, if she had just listened to me,she would have seen that I simply misunderstood the situation. No one was harmed and her patient received the same exellent care she had been receiving.I offerred to correct the situation not once but twice, andf she refused.I feel humilated and attacked. What should I do?

Contact a lawyer and sue the doctor personally for slander as this is a rather open and shut case. Name the hospital that employs her as a co-defendant. Some doctors mistakenly believe that it's OK for them to publicly malign nurses with false statements about their character or performance, and they falsely believe that they can do so with impunity; they can't. I bet you when your lawyer talks to the doctor's lawyer, she will come crawling back to you to apologize. Get an agreement in which the apology will take place in front of all department heads, with your colleagues and patients in attendance before you agree to drop your suit.

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evolvingrn is a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice.

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Contact a lawyer and sue the doctor personally for slander as this is a rather open and shut case. Name the hospital that employs her as a co-defendant. Some doctors mistakenly believe that it's OK for them to publicly malign nurses with false statements about their character or performance, and they falsely believe that they can do so with impunity; they can't. I bet you when your lawyer talks to the doctor's lawyer, she will come crawling back to you to apologize. Get an agreement in which the apology will take place in front of all department heads, with your colleagues and patients in attendance before you agree to drop your suit.

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Like I have always said, you really have to take a bully down hard, and on the first offense. It's gotta sting like a ***** reputation and in the pocketbook. :smokin:

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Umm.. lawyer? No.

Supervisor discussion: yes!

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Well, if that place has a hx of quick and satisfactory resolution of issues like this, sure talk to your supervisor, leave her an incident report anyhow you want a papertrail for you -- not for them. As a nurse you are much more "self-employed" with a rep to keep up than an employee. Do all with yourself only in mind in situations like this. Lots of brainwashing going on...

...chain of command, who has command of what? ...:anbd:

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Objective Facts

1. A mistake was made.

2. Clarification was recieved from attending.

3. Patient was not harmed.

4. Patient was not harmed.

Subjective Facts

1. Hearsay- Coworker told you what attending said- you did not hear it.

2. Floor was busy- attending could have murmurmed it to nurse's hearing only.

3.Excellent care is subjective- attending may consider an order mistake, not excellent.

A mistake was made, attending physically clarified and reiterated order- I wouldn't be offering to correct said mistake. I would just do it.

PS- 1). Go into a locked room and scream your frustration .

2). Get a doll(attending) and stick a pin into her bum:D

3). Ignore said attending(childish) but can be relieving for a couple days.Warning:It may give hurt chance to fester or heal.

4). Vent on allnurses.com, as you have already.

5). When did happen again?Learn from it and move on.

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Contact a lawyer and sue the doctor personally for slander as this is a rather open and shut case. Name the hospital that employs her as a co-defendant. Some doctors mistakenly believe that it's OK for them to publicly malign nurses with false statements about their character or performance, and they falsely believe that they can do so with impunity; they can't. I bet you when your lawyer talks to the doctor's lawyer, she will come crawling back to you to apologize. Get an agreement in which the apology will take place in front of all department heads, with your colleagues and patients in attendance before you agree to drop your suit.

Slow down.Lawyer up?Already? Not sure there was real intent to slander. What would you suggest if the situation was more grievous?

LOL, patients learn from somewhere, no wonder they want to sue the pants off everyone:D

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It will be very hard to take the offensive on this one seeing as you made a mistake....right now should be about CYA/damage control and hoping everyone can forget about this one. Making a big deal about it will draw more attention to you. Your friend could be setting you up. Dont get fired for trying to act like a Lawyer!

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LACA has 4 years experience and specializes in Med Office, Home Health, School Nurse.

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Contact a lawyer and sue the doctor personally for slander as this is a rather open and shut case. Name the hospital that employs her as a co-defendant. Some doctors mistakenly believe that it's OK for them to publicly malign nurses with false statements about their character or performance, and they falsely believe that they can do so with impunity; they can't. I bet you when your lawyer talks to the doctor's lawyer, she will come crawling back to you to apologize. Get an agreement in which the apology will take place in front of all department heads, with your colleagues and patients in attendance before you agree to drop your suit.

So every time someone tells me that someone else has said something not so nice about me....I can sue them for slander? Wahoo! Let's go! I've got some lawsuits to file! (complete and utter sarcasm here, folks! :idea:)

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