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  1. by   Deseosa
    I too was the victim of what I saw was a dangerous change in policy when our facility was changing to computerized medication records, requiring nurses to act out of scope to clarify errors. I was very vocal that the policy put all the nurses licenses in danger, and I would seek confirmation from our nursing board to that fact. The policy was promptly changed, but weeks later, I was fired based on an "anonymous" tip to my employer, who reported it to the board, of which I was cleared completely by the nursing board. I can't sue the hospital for wrongful termination because they have a "Good Faith/ No Fault" policy, meaning if someone makes an accusation "in good faith" (they honestly think it to be true), there is "no fault" if it is found to be erroneous. Meanwhile, I lost 6 months of work and lost my car. The only reason I didn't lose my house was I had just re-mortgaged it and had to use money from that to make my payments.

    This is why most nursing boards don't take "anonymous" tips. Because they HAVE to investigate ALL reports, they need to know it is a legitimate claim with someone willing to stand behind what they are saying or be held accountable for a false claim. Someone could easily ruin someone's life over a spiteful, nonfounded claim.
  2. by   anoro
    I credit these nurses for speaking up & the people of Colorado for having this bill passed. Whistelblowers & reformers sure pay a pay a price. These nurses have strength in their number, 3 of them, to validate and fight together. They may be struggling to get by financially as a result of their action, (been there, done that), but gee, I sure hope they all sleep better, I know I do.
    When we refuse mandated overtime, demand the hospital blue suits comply with safe standards, and agreements they accuse us of "unprofessionalism' and "abandonment". That sucks, but it sure beats killing a patient while some hospital make big bucks off my license and my risk.
    I wish them well in their legal battle. But a lawsuit for being fired sure beats betraying any ethical standards the have, then being liable for poor outcomes in those little babies. I wish them well.
  3. by   Teresag_CNS
    Quote from CityKat
    I've been deciding whether or not to go to law school to become a nurse lobbyist and protect nurses, their working conditions, pay scale and their jobs. This is what I see as yet, another "sign" telling me to get my JD and become a nurse lobbyist and protect my colleagues!

    This is atrocious and I hate seeing these types of things happen I hope good comes out of this.
    DO IT! More nurses would do exactly this if our profession had the funds to pay lobbyists. You can't lobby on your own, you know. Someone has to pay you.

    Every nurse CAN write their legislators - state and federal - to raise awareness of hostile work environments and their impact on the nation's health. Tell your policymakers about the importance of nurse-friendly, healthy work environments and they will listen. Emphasize patient safety and the health of Americans, not fairness, when you write. You should get a response from your legislator within a couple of weeks. Every legislator can be emailed, which is the preferred method of communication since the anthrax scare of years past. Not to be redundant, but DO IT! :wink2:
  4. by   dlatimer
    Just FYI...Swedish Medical Center is owned by HCA. What a surprise!!! Google HCA lawsuits and medicare/medicaid/medical (take your pick) fraud and you'll see why.
  5. by   CityKat
    Quote from Teresag_CNS
    DO IT! More nurses would do exactly this if our profession had the funds to pay lobbyists. You can't lobby on your own, you know. Someone has to pay you.

    Every nurse CAN write their legislators - state and federal - to raise awareness of hostile work environments and their impact on the nation's health. Tell your policymakers about the importance of nurse-friendly, healthy work environments and they will listen. Emphasize patient safety and the health of Americans, not fairness, when you write. You should get a response from your legislator within a couple of weeks. Every legislator can be emailed, which is the preferred method of communication since the anthrax scare of years past. Not to be redundant, but DO IT! :wink2:
    Thank you! I continue to get support about this idea and based on what I feel is best for me and making a difference for nurses and the job we do, IS becoming a Washington lobbyist. How crazy it seems. But in all honesty, I think I'll be pretty good at it
    I'm definitely looking very seriously into this, thank you!!
  6. by   eriksoln
    Is this facility R/T the Swedish in WA? I almost worked there.

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