The Damaging Ripple Effect of a Lawsuit | allnurses® Under Attack

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by Julie Julie (Admin)

Specializes in Sm Bus Mgmt, Operations, Planning, HR, Coaching. Has 40 years experience.

Have you ever been involved in a situation where you gave everything you could to stand up for your rights or the rights of others? When you come out the “winner” you find out you needlessly lost so much in the process. This is the sad story behind the victory - one that hopefully others may benefit from for years to come.

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Julie

Specializes in Sm Bus Mgmt, Operations, Planning, HR, Coaching. Has 40 years experience. 2 Articles; 135 Posts

2 hours ago, gonzo1 said:

 Those greedy jerks.

......Well said!

 

Nurse Beth, MSN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience. 151 Articles; 2,721 Posts

I am so glad I got to meet Brian over 2 days at a conference in San Diego. I worked alongside him in the booth. I was kind of in awe of him and his accomplishments and vision. He was the genius behind a successful business, but didn't seek the limelight.

I sat next to him at lunch and dinner with his staff, and he was good people.

He was dedicated to helping other nurses.  He struck me as very generous and loyal to his staff.

I was very sad when I thought how much he must have suffered and how so many people with mental illness never get the diagnosis and treatment they need.

He gave me a chance as a new writer with the Ask Nurse Beth column and I will always be grateful.

 

Nurse Neddie

100 Posts

Thank you so much for putting this together and I feel so horrible all over again. I’m was in Florida and I remember hearing about the Short family deaths !! I knew it had to be something that just felt like it was too much to handle for all of that to happen. It’s Disgusting how greed drives people!! Why not read the comments and concerns and learn from them. But to drag it on for years at a time... God Bless everyone involved. 

Julie

Specializes in Sm Bus Mgmt, Operations, Planning, HR, Coaching. Has 40 years experience. 2 Articles; 135 Posts

On 10/17/2020 at 10:21 AM, Nurse Neddie said:

Why not read the comments and concerns and learn from them. 

Yeah, that is how we constructively become a better company/ human.  Learn from what others are saying and make a positive out of what one might view as a negative!  Thanks for the great comment.

ThursdayNight, CNA

Specializes in Wiping tears. Has 4 years experience. 190 Posts

When I was involved in a lawsuit, I thought I did something good for society. When I initiated my complaints, the first lawyer I contacted accepted it without hesitation. It won. I was glad I stood up until I found out the repercussion of my complaint. For example, completely innocent people lost their jobs. In the aftermath of my case, I really don't care about being a winner after knowing hundreds of people lost their jobs. 

People who commit bad things expect their victims and people to do nothing. They'll be angry when someone gets them.  Not many will grow up from their own mistakes, they'll get better at being malicious.  Why are they destructive to themselves or others? That's the ugly truth. 

What did I learn? I learned that there are those people who just wait for the sweet fruit of someone else's work. Most importantly, I learned to stay away from people who wait for an opportunity to put people in trouble when they could correct them without prejudice. 

In summary, I'm depressive on some days, especially when I read or watch news that people are out of a job. Sometimes, standing up to do the right thing doesn't always result in happy endings.  It sucks being a human being.

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Julie

Specializes in Sm Bus Mgmt, Operations, Planning, HR, Coaching. Has 40 years experience. 2 Articles; 135 Posts

On 10/22/2020 at 3:18 AM, ThursdayNight said:

In summary, I'm depressive on some days, especially when I read or watch news that people are out of a job. Sometimes, standing up to do the right thing doesn't always result in happy endings.  It sucks being a human being.

Thank you for your insight.  It's easy to let the things we can not control get us depressed.   As a CNA, it must be very rewarding to think about all the wonderful things you do to help your patients.  Those are the thoughts to dwell on.

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 30 years experience. 32,316 Posts

I'm pretty sure I first came to this site over 20 years ago by now.  It's always been one I've come back to nearly every day.

Very well written and I appreciate the perspective.

I was sort of on a hiatus from AN when this happened and I was devastated.  I remember hearing about it and my best friend said I was breathless and looked like I saw a ghost.

I talked to Brian a couple of times during my brief stint as a moderator and admin and he was also generous.  I regret when they came to nearby Orlando I wasn't able to go and meet everyone in person like I planned.

It was also obvious that he had some sort of mental illness and breakdown and I never judged him for that, was just so sad.

 

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tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg. 156 Articles; 5,915 Posts

21 minutes ago, Tweety said:

I'm pretty sure I first came to this site over 20 years ago by now.  It's always been one I've come back to nearly every day.

Very well written and I appreciate the perspective.

I was sort of on a hiatus from AN when this happened and I was devastated.  I remember hearing about it and my best friend said I was breathless and looked like I saw a ghost.

I talked to Brian a couple of times during my brief stint as a moderator and admin and he was also generous.  I regret when they came to nearby Orlando I wasn't able to go and meet everyone in person like I planned.

It was also obvious that he had some sort of mental illness and breakdown and I never judged him for that, was just so sad.

 

@Tweety, we so appreciate all of your input, support, and participation over these many years.  Yes, so many were devastated by this unbelievable event.  

I wish you had been able to get to the NTI conference in Orlando.  I would've loved to meet you!

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 39 years experience. 8 Articles; 4,560 Posts

Wow, Thanks for sharing. It does give some great perspective to a very tragic situation. I have been a member for a number of years and it is my daily touchpoint. As a school nurse in a VERY small town, I appreciate the "relative" anonymity I have here.

What a terrible misuse of the judicial system, and to have it negatively affect  a foundation designed to do further good for our profession is indeed a shame.

Mental health is very under recognized and treated in our society and we clearly need systemic change. Kudos to you all for a carrying on the mission set forth by Brian. He clearly had a vision.

Julie

Specializes in Sm Bus Mgmt, Operations, Planning, HR, Coaching. Has 40 years experience. 2 Articles; 135 Posts

On 10/29/2020 at 9:28 AM, NutmeggeRN said:

I have been a member for a number of years and it is my daily touchpoint.

We appreciate all our users, especially our loyal members that contribute so much to the site. Thanks for your kind words.  

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,952 Posts

Thank you for this. Lives change and I’ve stepped back significantly but read the newsletters and pop over every now and again.  
 

I remember that day and everything associated with it.  At this time grateful is the appropriate word for how I feel