Had to report my supervisor today

  1. Due to some truly outrageous actions on the supervisors part I felt obligated to resign and to report the supervisor to the BON. This is the second time in my 39 years I have felt obligated to reported a fellow nursing professional to the BON. I resigned due to the blatant violations of policies and procedures I was instructed to participate in.

    I am not going to go into to details because there is a possiblity that 1) patient confidentiality could be breached 2) I need to work and I will never get another job if word gets out that I am a "snitch" (whistleblower). I know it is supposed to be illegal to retaliate against a mandated report but there is a big difference between "supposed to be" and harsh reality.

    Just needed to vent to fellow nurses.
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    About txredheadnurse

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    QA specialist; from US
    Specialty: 39 year(s) of experience in correctional, QA, geriatrics


  3. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Your strength & ethics will hopefully guide you to another job.
  4. by   RHIA, RN
    Good luck moving forward!
  5. by   sissiesmama
    Oh! Good luck to u! It is SO hard to handle things when situations come up. I am glad that you were able to stand up and protect your patients. It's a hard road to walk .

    Good luck looking for another job. It's definetly their loss, not yours.

    Anne, RNC
  6. by   jadelpn
    I swear I have no clue what ails people. Supervisors see nothing but dollar signs and ethics goes right out the window. It is a sad state of affairs. I can only imagine how shocked you are at the differences in nursing from 39 years ago until today. Because I am amazed at how everything has changed in the last 10 or so.

    Best of luck to you in your future endevours. Ya think you will apply for a managerial position so that we can start getting some "been there, done that" managers for a change?!?!?!
  7. by   HeatherGurl84
    I am very sorry.....you must do what you know is right!
  8. by   LadyFree28
    Sending positive vibes in your job search!
  9. by   JesusKeepMe
    That fact that you're doing the right thing instead of sitting back and watching whatever wrong you observed continue to be carried out says so much about your character and practice as an RN. I'm thankful that nurses like you exist, and hope to be in the hands of a nurse of your caliber if I ever need medical attention.
  10. by   txredheadnurse
    Thanks to all of you for the support and good wishes. I have two interviews scheduled for next week and am going to contact an agency I have worked with in the past to see if there are any short term assignments to tide me over until I find the right fit. I left a position I really enjoyed because the constant overnight travel was wreaking havoc on the home front. I thought the job in question in my original posting was going to be a place where I could be home each day and do something fresh. I might not have a job at this very minute but I do still have my ethics and my license. Those are good things to have....just as important as a paycheck.
  11. by   Wave Watcher
    2 rules in Nursing: 1. Guard your sanity. 2. Guard your license. If you feel either one of those are in jeopardy....leave.
  12. by   jaad
    I am proud of you for doing the right thing. I was a whistleblower for a rehab hospital I worked at. Months later they shut down. I reported 8 incidents to the state! I didn't tell people either because I wanted a job as well. It's hard, but if nobody does anything, it will keep happening.
  13. by   HeartRN_09
    Kudos for doing the right thing! So many nurses just go with the flow because they need the job and can't leave their comfort zone or are just too cowardly to do the right thing. There is absolutely no reason to work in an environment where unethical or unsafe things are taking place! Part of the responsibility of having a nursing license is to stand up when we witness unethical things happening. Good luck finding a new job that is a good fit for you. I agree with one of the previous posters about a management position....
  14. by   HouTx
    Hugs for you ((((((txredheadnruse))))).

    Life would certainly be more stress free if the 'right thing' was also the 'easiest thing'.