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Whistleblower Blues in Fort Worth, Texas

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Has 18 years experience.

It is a sad career that we are in, folks. I'm a nurse working in a nursing home. I was told of another nurse taking pictures of a bipolar patient after a horrific fall she had, ending in a fractured nose and split lip requiring stitches. This nurse then proceeded to email and picture message the photos to her friends outside of work, laughing and mocking the patient and her injuries. Hearing this, I became enraged. Can you imagine if you were an elderly woman, fighting depression, and had just had a horrible fall, leaving you both scared and in horrible pain, and then to stand there while the nurse takes pictures of you and laughs? :cry:

As soon as I found out about the incident, I went directly to my Director of Nurses and told her. She shrugged it off and said, "She's a young nurse and needs us to direct her on certain things". The situation was never reported, come to find out to state. Since I went to my DON in regards to this and many other instances of misconduct from the same nurse, I am now being retalitated against in more ways than I can explain. I am now being written up for EVERY possible error. The same errors, such as tardiness, that other nurses are NOT being written up for. I am so angry. Is this what nursing is REALLY about? :angryfire

I have since reported it to the proper authorities, but am still being subjected to more retaliation than I can stand. Quitting is the only way that I see out. I've contacted several agencies, but to my err. There is no help out there for us. We are on our own, nurses and medical teams. As a nurse, you can only imagine the possible "set ups" that I could be in for. I have to leave. I hate it. These patients are dear to me and knowing that I am not going to be there to protect them hurts, even though I can protect them now, when I am there. :crying2:

Everyone says there are whistleblower laws out there and such, but don't listen to them. It is outrageous what you have to endure to do right. In the end, the "bad" people win. End of story.

My advice? If you see wrong, report it, then quit. If you don't, you will be the target of unimaginable abuse yourself. There are NO options here. :imbar

You have two options, I suggest taking both.

1) Shut up! (No more posts about this if you are serious about a case.)

2) Lawyer up!

Chapis

Specializes in interested in NICU!!.

You have two options, I suggest taking both.

1) Shut up! (No more posts about this if you are serious about a case.)

2) Lawyer up!

Amen!

I have been in this situation, document everything. Document what errors you find, what you did. Keep a personal account of what what your NM tries to write you up for, and what actually happened. Start putting out applications. And seek legal counsel.

Just get out of that nursing home, go find you a real job. As for nursing, I know people are nurses for a reason, but find another area in life that you can help others, like a lawyer for helping people in these situaitons, or an advocate of some sort. There are other higher positions than nursing to see that people are treated humanly and withing the law!!!!!!!!!!!

crippersmom

Has 18 years experience.

Thank you for responding. I am in the job seeking realm already...Sometimes it's just so appalling....people...and nurses...such a disgrace. I love nursing. I love people in general. But a situation like this...in the end...I know...nothing will happen to the bad guys...and it's so unjust. Surely, karma will kick in at some point? Why are people telling me to stop posting on this topic?

crippersmom

Has 18 years experience.

Why do you say no more posts if I am serious? I've already lost...

Why do you say no more posts if I am serious? I've already lost...
Oh you poor thing, nurses get told to shut up so often and frequently it is by our own. I could tell that you had just come to vent and I was not going to respond until I saw the "shut up" remark. Yes, there is a price to pay for blowing the whistle in all kinds of work places. Most people just say what they have to say then move on to another job because they know they will never get justice. Perhaps the person that posted the "shut up" was actually telling you they think you have a case. I think there were better ways of putting it.

People can take offense to the "shut up" remark all day long; however, the OP stated that they have no options. I assumed people would understand the actual meaning behind my comments. Allow me to be a bit more specific:

Without knowning the complete scenario, I will assume that a case for whistle blower protection exists. If this is the case, then options exist. If somebody is serious about taking action, they need to shut up, go to a lawyer, and start putting a case together. Crying your heart out on a public forum is not helpful when legal stuff is involved. The time to talk will occur in court room or similar setting, not on a public forum where statements can be taken and used in many ways.

Again, it was said no options exist; however, options may in fact exist. If the OP is serious about taking action, the OP needs to "shut up." Obviously, this is related to the whole "shut up and lawyer up" concept. Actually, the same concept. Go ahead and take offense; however, I still think it is sound advice.

Good luck.

crippersmom

Has 18 years experience.

Thank you for your frankness. Advice taken.:coollook:

People can take offense to the "shut up" remark all day long; however, the OP stated that they have no options. I assumed people would understand the actual meaning behind my comments. Allow me to be a bit more specific:

Without knowning the complete scenario, I will assume that a case for whistle blower protection exists. If this is the case, then options exist. If somebody is serious about taking action, they need to shut up, go to a lawyer, and start putting a case together. Crying your heart out on a public forum is not helpful when legal stuff is involved. The time to talk will occur in court room or similar setting, not on a public forum where statements can be taken and used in many ways.

Again, it was said no options exist; however, options may in fact exist. If the OP is serious about taking action, the OP needs to "shut up." Obviously, this is related to the whole "shut up and lawyer up" concept. Actually, the same concept. Go ahead and take offense; however, I still think it is sound advice.

Good luck.

It was not crippersmom that took offense to the "shut up" post it was me. I totally agree with what you said and was thinking of posting something to the effect, "don't post about this anymore and get a lawyer" but I wouldn't have said, "shut up". However, on second read I thought "no this is just a vent and I won't respond", then like I said then I saw the "shut up" and posted. I don't think the "shut up" bothered crippersmom at all but it pushed my button. Oh well, enough about 'shut up', have a nice day, see you around.

Edited by oramar

Thank you for your frankness. Advice taken.:coollook:

Outstanding, good luck.

The original post states "I was told of another nurse taking pictures. . . .etc". You were told???? and then reported this 'hearsay' to a supervisor??? Did you have any proof?? I'm not surprised people are out to get you.

sjt9721, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma/Education.

crippersmom...please check your private messages

The original post states "I was told of another nurse taking pictures. . . .etc". You were told???? and then reported this 'hearsay' to a supervisor??? Did you have any proof?? I'm not surprised people are out to get you.

I was told by EMS that this kid in my ER may have been abused. Clearly, I have no duty to report this finding as I do not have proof.

criticalHP, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU,CCU, MICU, SICU, CVICU, CTSICU,ER.

People can take offense to the "shut up" remark all day long; however, the OP stated that they have no options. I assumed people would understand the actual meaning behind my comments. Allow me to be a bit more specific:

Without knowning the complete scenario, I will assume that a case for whistle blower protection exists. If this is the case, then options exist. If somebody is serious about taking action, they need to shut up, go to a lawyer, and start putting a case together. Crying your heart out on a public forum is not helpful when legal stuff is involved. The time to talk will occur in court room or similar setting, not on a public forum where statements can be taken and used in many ways.

Again, it was said no options exist; however, options may in fact exist. If the OP is serious about taking action, the OP needs to "shut up." Obviously, this is related to the whole "shut up and lawyer up" concept. Actually, the same concept. Go ahead and take offense; however, I still think it is sound advice.

Good luck.

I agree with the overall advice, but the tone is rather sharp. You are trying to stress the importance of this situation, I know. To the original postor, stop talking publically on this matter and seek a lawyer. Get your documentation in order too. And don't speak, text, e-mail to your co-workers or friends of this-it is a legal matter and anyone you divulge information to can/will become involved willingly or unwillingly. Always go on the advice of your lawyer before venting to family...Sorry this is happening to you. Good luck :redpinkhe

i agree. One other option is to stay firm in your way and continue. Pray for people that abuse others, they will have their karma. Go to the person personally and tell them that you dissaprove of their behavior, and you would like to see them do good for others, but do not approach this person at the work site. Just go on about your business and stay uninvolved, unless it involves your reputation, verbal or written and it is false. then take legal action.

There are all kinds of wicked people in the nursing profession. I have seen this wickedness in my nursing instructors, and other students see it as well. Sometimes me and study group talk about how wicked the instructors are, although we are learning, but we ask ourselves why are these instructors so wicked and hateful when we ask them questions, we just figure, well they are not taking care of patients, and they are just coming everyday to the college to get their $$$$, a pay check. They do not want to work in a hospital and take care of people, they are sick and tired of it is the message that we get from them, and then they take their tied and sickness out on the students. next semester we are going to videotape and record every interaction with the instructors and start exposing these nursing instructors' attitudes to the president of the college. My, my, I would not want any of these nursing instructors taking care of my dog, they are too insenitive and down right mean and only if they knew, we can see it and feel their rotten attitudes. But, I will get through this nursing program no matter how they treat us, we want to be nurses, and they don't-anymore-that's obvious. There are some nursing instructors who are really really nice, and smart and dedicated in helping the students. there was one instructors who showed disgust because she seen another instructors trying to really help the students, and tried to cut her short, how obvious was that for everyone to see that the other instructor had a bad attitude, but seniority ruled, the instructor that was helping us just ignored the disgruntle instructor....shewwww!!! was a site that was.

Some of these nursing instructors need to get a life outside of teaching nursing students.

Now, see we all have our experiences, if a nursing instructor can show an attitude like that, let's us be glad that she is not in the hospital taking care of our loved ones. YEA.......so glad.

So, do the best you can everyday. Walk right past those that are falling, let them fall if they insist, you stay up though and keep going.

I still say to get involved in another area of nursing, it is out there just find it, you will have to explore though, seriously explore all your options.

You may want to ask someone to be a mentor to you, like look for another nurse that has a better perspective of nursing, feed yourself in that manner, feed your soul with the good from other nurses, do not participate in any wrong doing. Perform in the heat of passion for nursing with others that have that heated passion for nursing. take care.

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