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Wisconsin Nurse Laid Off Mid-Surgery

Wisconsin Nurse Laid Off Mid-Surgery

The Wisconsin State Journal

April 16, 2009

A Dean Health System manager removed a nurse from a minor surgical procedure last week, in violation of medical protocol, in order to lay her off, a spokesman for the company confirmed Monday.

The abrupt removal, which spokesman Paul Pitas said posed no danger to the patient, came after the Madison-based health-care provider announced Wednesday that it planned to “immediately” lay off 90 employees.

Pitas, director of corporate communications, labeled the action “clearly … an error in judgment on the part of the manager conducting the layoff.” He declined to name the manager but described her as “an otherwise good employe with more than 30 years of nursing experience who made a regrettable decision.”

“This person is very upset and is extremely remorseful over this,” Pitas said, adding that the layoffs created “extraordinary circumstances.”

Pitas said the incident occurred at Dean’s West Clinic at 752 N. High Point Road on Wednesday or Thursday as employees were notified of the job cuts.

He declined to name the employees involved or what type of procedure the nurse was assisting in when she was summoned from her duties and terminated.

“There was a period of time in which an RN was not present during the procedure,” Pitas said. “While there were other clinical staff present, including a physician, the absence of an RN goes against established patient-care procedures at Dean Health System.”

He added that the patient, whose name is protected by patient confidentiality laws, is “doing fine.”

“We can tell you the physician who performed the procedure reports it went as expected,” he said.


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    MizzSwinney

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    I agree. I was laid off a few months ago from my job as a community health nurse but fortunately was hired right back. But now my health department are doing more budget cuts and since I have the least seniority my job is on the chopping block again. I was told througout nursing school that the demand for nurses are high!!! Yet nurses are getting laid off left and right. A local area hospital just laid off 100 nurses!!! This economy is going down hill and it is only going to get worse before it gets better. You would think of the millions of people that have diseases or have acute or chronic illnesses there would not be a lack of jobs for nurses. Wrong!! I am currently going to school for my BSN and should be done by December. Im wondering if the way the job market is looking if I am even going to be able to pursue a higher career status with my degree or is it currently a waste of time. I was even considering just working retail in the mall if I lost my job. That is how bad the job market is for nurses in my area. I have a degree as a Registered Nurse and I have to consider the idea of retail??!!! This is insane. All I can do is continue to pray that God will help turn this country around and put my faith in Him. God Bless America.

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    NEEKRN

    about 5 years ago

    12 comments

    I am still in awe over the fact that we as NURSES are losing our jobs!! I betcha that this OR nurse was older and experienced, therefore cost $$$$. I have been unemployed since January. 34 years of health care experience, including U.S. Navy!! Over 26 interviews. I am working on my Master's Degree/FNP, (or at least I was) and am an " A "student. I am unable to continue in this program after this semester. I am too late to apply for financial aid, etc. and my credit stinks due to a bad divorce. I am not good at asking for help. Had I been able to work for the past five months, I would be OK!! I would have been able to earn the $2000.00 that I needed to pay for this semester. But, thanks to the residual effects of major political faux pas for the past several years, I am having to quit school, and at this time in my life there are no second, or third chances.
    I have even thought about "pan-handling" on the street corner. If only 4000 people would put 50 cents in my jar, I would be all set, and would give the excess to some worthwhile charity--who knows? But, my luck, I would probably get arrested!!
    Thanks for listening!!

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    sheayvette

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    How many managers know that "the customer is boss"? What an idiot! Maybe the layoff affected the 'wrong' employee.

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    neuroRN

    about 5 years ago

    30 comments

    It's sad when someone with 30 years experience, does something like this. I don't think that immediate layoff, meant to actually go and pull the nurse out of surgey. What an asshole, she could have placed the patient at a great disadvantage. What ever happened to patient safety?

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    Henry

    about 5 years ago

    36 comments

    Yhat story gives me the chills and makes me verry angry ! They could not wait until the Nurses shift was over ! OH BOY ! Do they need a UNION!

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    nursedawn

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    This is really sad. I cant believe someone with 30 years nursing experience would do something like this.

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    falguy60

    about 5 years ago

    8 comments

    Amazing!! This does not suprise me at all because all that anyone cares about these days are themselves and $$$$. Many of our people with advanced degrees lack common sense now a days and all that matters is their ego!! Lets continue to pay our ballplayers and people who sing like retards the big $$$ because for the past 15-20 years they are the ones that everyone looks up to now.....jackassess!!

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    jbuethe

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Can you say assholes! Seriously if it were me doing the precedure I'd be more than pissed. It just goes to show you what this world is turning into. It could have waited until after the precedure or shift...jeez, I don't think you could have gotten any more stupid.

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    renbo

    about 5 years ago

    8 comments

    This takes the cake , but it does not surprise me. The health care system would be better off if the management had any common sense. Why are Nursing managers such control freaks and if they were a nurse at one time what happened to their compassion for people. They always seem they are above the rest of us nurses. What about the patient? I guess that does not matter anymore. That manager should be fired, keep the nurse!!!!!! All to often nurses dont stand a chance against management. When they attack they attack in numbers and you have no say about your future. They believe they are always right no matter what the circumstances may be. I am an RN and I have HAD IT!!!

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    Nurse77md

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    how could Craig Samitt say that "We don't feel patients will notice". This is a plain talk of arrogance and stupidity. Patients will always have an idea of what's going on. Nurses are a vital part of the healthcare team. The nurse manager who became the messenger brought the message in a very untactful and unprofessional way. That was inconsiderate on her part. The least she could do was, let the nurse complete her task at hand and then call her aside and discuss the matter privately.

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    Wow, so nurses get laid off, too, huh? Although the absurdity of this isn't lost on me, seriously, for any patient, this is really scary. The manager couldn't have just waited until 'after' the nurse's shift, to the very least?

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    chalet46

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    The funny part about this situation is that indiscretion goes on all the time. Circumstances arise that make people in management overstep boundaries all the time. We all know there were extenuating parts to this story. For those who work in the healthcare field with a job, how often do we see unethical situations that go unpunished. Unions with a voice if they stand up are great. It depends who the benefit goes to. I will not take anything away from justice because it does exist. How many people want to be fired in this type of public spectacle. This is embarrassing, degrading, and downright mean. How much dignity do you have to take from a person? This was personal and the same fate should lie in wait for the manager. The fact that this person could have other issues going on in their life and just snap is a possibility. This was her livelihood and the way this person paid bills. What respect should they get in order to make her go on to the next phase. She will never be out of a job.

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    rodentmom

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    I'm in agreement with amb91. I worked at an Union hospital for 12 years. I brought substandard to the attention to the management, and then filed a grievance with the UNION. This had to do with serious patient safety issue. I'm so glad I had an UNION (California Nurses Association) backing me up, without them I wouldn't have a voice and the management would have surely fired me.

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    abvono

    about 5 years ago

    10 comments

    Seems to me that if the nurse is to be fired it should be done professionally and at the end of the shift. By removing her during a procedure was there someone with the same expertise to replace her? Otherwise the patient was placed at risk whether the outcome was good or not!!!!!!!!!!! It is time for the manager to review her role and her nurse's role with patient care and safety.

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    Tracy87

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Oh Please!!! Are these people for real?!? That action not only jeopardized the safety of the patient, it was unethical as well. What kind of fool fires someone during a procedure, especially surgery? That manager should be terminated immediately. I was forced to resign from my job on Friday, April 10th; I had too many "absences." I have a documented medical condition. Anyway, I'm disillusioned with the health care field. Anybody else?

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