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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.”

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