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Ethical_RN ADN, BSN, APRN

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Ethical_RN is a ADN, BSN, APRN and specializes in medsurg.

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  1. Ethical_RN

    Patient Abuse/Nepotism

    One of my co-workers and I have submitted an anonymous report to the BON and ombudsman, I told the Co-worker about me reporting to a supervisor and he said "did you forget about all the nepotism around here" so we ended up deciding to report to the appropriate bodies. Thanks again for all of your advice on this, I will keep you guys posted, I go back go work in 2 days, hopefully that nurse will no longer be working by the time I get back.
  2. Ethical_RN

    Patient Abuse/Nepotism

    One of my co-workers and I have submitted an anonymous report to the BON and ombudsman, I told the Co-worker about me reporting to a supervisor and he said "did you forget about all the nepotism around here" so we ended up deciding to report to the appropriate bodies. Thanks again for all of your advice on this, I will keep you guys posted, I go back go work in 2 days, hopefully that nurse will no longer be working by the time I get back.
  3. Ethical_RN

    Patient Abuse/Nepotism

    @NRSKarenRN so are you saying that pretty much no matter what that when i report this I will most likely have to find a new employer?
  4. Ethical_RN

    Patient Abuse/Nepotism

    I just want better for these patients.....
  5. Ethical_RN

    Patient Abuse/Nepotism

    @TriciaJ the dilemma is that I don't want to leave, I care so much for the residents, I want to do whatever is in my power to make their lives better and end this abuse, I'm in the process of figuring out who exactly I need to/should talk to, I'm not alone on this I do have some help. It's just such a catch-22, doing the right thing can get yourself black-balled and out of a career, but not doing the right thing allows abuse to continue, trust me not doing the right is not even an option on my radar, I'm just trying to figure out the best way to go about it, thanks for your input btw.
  6. Ethical_RN

    Patient Abuse/Nepotism

    I've been told in the past that State investigations are blocked by, or handed over to Federal organizations when the organization being investigated is federal? So its not such a straightforward problem @JKL33 especially when the appropriate authorities to report it to are the ones retaliating against the whistleblowers.
  7. Ethical_RN

    Patient Abuse/Nepotism

    https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/601127245/for-va-whistleblowers-a-culture-of-fear-and-retaliation
  8. Ethical_RN

    Patient Abuse/Nepotism

    Hello, I am a registered nurse in need of some advice. In my place of work there is patient abuse, and staff abuse that has been going on for some time now, it is my belief that nepotism is keeping the abuser from the receiving the justice that they greatly deserve. The abuse is being committed by a fellow RN. I'll start with the first incidence I know of, the RN was assigned to care for a man on hospice with not much longer to live, the patient had no motor function from the neck down, and had a excessive amount of salivation requiring frequent oral care. At change of shift the oncoming RN found this patient with gnats all over his face with a "kleenex" box wrapped in a washcloth tucked under his chin , this was reported, nothing ever came of it. Another patient the abusive RN cared for required transfer to ED and died 2 days later, the nurse left this patient outside during the winter time for the majority of the shift, Foley bag ready to burst, patient skin reddened from the cold, unstable vital signs. Another patient of this abusive RN simply asked for a muscle rub cream to be applied to his leg, this RN decided to rub an excessive amount onto the patients genitals, this caused the patient a great deal of pain, some of the cream ended up in the patients urethra, the nurse laughed and bragged about it, when this particular instance was reported to management, the nurse manager said "he must have accidentally put the cream on the wrong body part or maybe he looked at the wrong order" the nurse manager even found the instance slightly funny ( this patient does not nor ever has received any cream to/for the genital area). A different RN made a complaint to management about the abusive RN stating that the RN threateningly backed her into a corner in a highly confrontational manner, the manager blew this off, the nurse suggested to the manager to watch the video recording as this event happened directly in front of a camera, the manager never watched the video, nothing ever came of it. Many patients on the unit frequently request/almost beg to have this person as their nurse. Patients say that this nurse is rough with them, rushed, this nurse frequently leaves the floor to smoke and is often not readily available for the patients. The abusive nurse has a family member that is a nurse manager on a different unit, that manager is friends with our nurse manager, both managers and the abusive nurse are friends with the manager's boss, who overseas all of the units in our section of the hospital. All of the atrocities have that this abusive nurse have committed have been reported to management, and nothing has ever been done about it. People are afraid to report to any "higher-ups" because we do not know how deep the rabbit hole of nepotism goes. The ethical nurses who have reported on these instances have been the targets of many forms of retaliation from management, including bullying, hostile working environment, changes to the nurses work schedule, false accusations despite documented proof (time stamps, camera recordings..etc) and many other forms of retaliation to the nurses who try to make a difference. If anyone has any advice on how to proceed please share, thanks... concerned RN
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