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Nurse Terminated For Exposing NYC Hospital's Role In Man's Death

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nursel56 has 25+ years experience and works as a Home health, private duty.

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There have been a few cases of patient death/misdiagnosis traced back to hospital staff assuming the person is a drug seeker, because the other 99 times they came in that was the reason. It is sad all around. My alcoholic dad died in an ER cat scan machine, but he happened to arrive at a time when the staff was more inclined to proceed on the stated complaint. Even though we lost him I am forever grateful to the nurses who spoke to me understanding my feelings of grief.

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cjcsoon2bnp works as a ED NP and Clinical Instructor.

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As another user said, that hospital fired the wrong nurse. I hope the nurse that brought the suit is ready for fight with the hospital but kudos to her for fighting for the truth.

!Chris :specs:

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Hard to say if this is one side of the story or all of it... Then there was this story about a boy who cried wolf and well.. we all know how that turned out..

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To me the real sad thing lost in all this is a man who thought he had nothing left to live for and wanted to end it all, then in an obvious change of mind (which so often happens with suicides), attempted to get help. The man died probably with his last thoughts about himself and his life confirmed; no one cared.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370744/Danna-Novak-sues-hospital-firing-try-expose-mistake-homeless-death.html

This made me sad, because it is true.

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It sounds like firing a nurse was appropriate, they just fired the wrong one.

The triage nurse could have done more, seems to me. why did she not summon a doc herself? Why did she not involve Security or an orderly to keep Iverson in the ER until seen?

Also, the wenches (I'm assuming female, forgive me if wrong) who declared him lying, with no evidence at all but only their cynicism to fuel their evil, nasty presumption, ought to be fired, sued, punished by the NY BORN.

Typical response by the hospital, of course.

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Leader25 has 35 years experience.

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A New York City hospital refused to treat a homeless man who had taken a fatal drug overdose - and then fired a nurse who tried to expose the mistake, court papers charge.

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/03/28/2011-03-28_nurse_lawsuit_fired_for_exposing_hospital.html

What percent of her paycheck does she want to give for this mans futile care !!?

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DolceVita has 6 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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I don't understand...if the guy was admitted to the ER (i.e. got past triage) surely only a doc could discharge him not an RN?

Bloody awful story. Makes me feel sick.

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coffeegirl7 has 17 years experience and works as a RN.

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The triage nurse could have done more, seems to me. why did she not summon a doc herself? Why did she not involve Security or an orderly to keep Iverson in the ER until seen?

Also, the wenches (I'm assuming female, forgive me if wrong) who declared him lying, with no evidence at all but only their cynicism to fuel their evil, nasty presumption, ought to be fired, sued, punished by the NY BORN.

Typical response by the hospital, of course.

The triage nurse can't really stay and treat the patient when it's a busy ED. There are usually only 2 or 3 nurses in triage and they make the call as to where the patient goes from Triage. At that point they need to report off to the nurse who will be caring for the patient they've brought in and get back out there. We can be 5 or 6 patients deep if triage is left unattended for 5 or 10 minutes. Her role as triage and is just that...disposition and move on to the next complaint. Dependant on how the patient came in or out, he may not have been seen by triage leaving. Honestly, the nurse receiving the patient should have been the one to call security and get him back to the room. Triage, again, has moved on to the next patient.

THe nurse who was in the trauma room should be ashamed of him/herself. A patient is guilty until proven innocent. I don't care if they have been there a hundred times with the same complaint-you work them up, prove they are wrong and send them on their way. A drug screen would have told they what they needed and he would have gotten the treatment he deserved. This story is more than disturbing.

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cherryames1949 has 27 years experience and works as a home health.

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I can just envison the scene - can't you? Busy NYC ER. Problem patient. Nurse accused of being naive because assumptions were made. We all know about assumptions don't we? Bottom line, the nurse ALWAYS takes the hit. A good reminder to send in that insurance premium.;)

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