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Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?

Should Nurses Blow the Whistle?

Jennifer LeClaire | Monster Contributing Writer

Mixed Outcomes

In August 2003, a jury decided that the Duval County Health Department fired Moore in retaliation for making accusations about unsafe departmental procedures. The two sides settled and Moore got her job back.

Hohman won her four-year battle against UTMB when a jury ruled that the facility retaliated against her for whistleblowing. The jury also awarded her wages and damages totaling $500,000.

But in Neldaughter’s case, even though the Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy found that her hospital’s procedures for obtaining informed consent for shock therapy were coercive, she did not get her job back after taking court action.

“If you are thinking about blowing the whistle, then you need to make sure you are protected by whistleblower statutes,” advises Wright. “If not, then address it through your management or through your union. Court battles could take years to resolve and winning is not automatic.”

This article was originally published on Monster.com.

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    Susie299

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am an RN who reported unethical practices/unsafe practices and also true fraud of a very large home health company to the local manager. When it appeared she did nothing, I then went to the corporate compliance officer in another state. He would never return my calls. I was then retaliated against by local management and then fired 2 months later and told "you make us look bad by making yourself look good so you have to go." I did leave that day. I have since turned them in to the Medicare/Medicaid/and State Attorney General. My career has definitely taken a dive. The company attorney sent me a threatening letter saying if I said anything about the company, they would sue me and have my license pulled...can you believe that. This company knows what I know is true, I am not afraid to fight but it is hard to get Medicare/Medicaid, etc. to do their jobs. I am a former Medicare Fraud investigator too! This is what is so wrong with our healthcare system!!

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    ronrose1950

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am an LPN who reported an RN for unethical practices. While the company was well aware of what was going on they chose to keep the RN. In my letter of resignation I wrote that I could no longer put my ethics or my license on the line. Several days later, before my 2 week notice was up, I was called to the office and let go. I loved my job but I could not have lived with myself if I had done it anyother way. My revenge is enrolling in an RN bridge program at the age of 58.

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    raymoss1

    over 5 years ago

    220 comments

    The sad thing is nurses are terminated all the time for either speaking their minds or trying to change a wrong. The administration has all the power and they can do what they want. Including setting up their nurses. I have seen it where I work and it is wrong. A nurse can be terminated and or have her license suspended or revoked if she does not report abuse. Then their are times when I nurse reports unethical practices and she pays for it. by being terminated. There needs to be laws protecting the nurse(laws the actually work). My question is, what does the nurse do? The facility that I worked for was the nursing home that was responsible for the first nurse in the nation to go to federal prison for falsifing records. So blowing the whistle can cost you more than your job.

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