DIRECTIVE FROM NURSINGS’ SUPREME LEADER
I often read American news outlets, to keep in touch about what is to be repeated in the UK, and one of the most sickening cases I have recently come across involved ‘Debora Casados, a nurse in the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, reported that a coworker sexually assaulted two other VA staff members and made inappropriate comments to her. … the hospital’s human resources office told Casados and the other staff that they were not allowed to discuss the allegations and threatened them with disciplinary action. Casados was then removed from nursing duties and reassigned to a windowless basement office to scan documents. She was also denied leave to care for her terminally ill mother.
In another case, Charles Johnson, a technologist in the radiology department at the VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, was hit with a proposed suspension in 2014 after he questioned the methods of a doctor. The proposed suspension was issued by the same doctor. In February, the VA agreed to rescind the proposed suspension and evaluate the method in question’ (CJ Ciaramella, freebeacon.com, April 9, 2015).
The first case is a sickening reminder of what might happen to a whistleblower – thrown to the wolves, struck-dumb by employer-friendly laws that drown free speech. The second case is a sad reminder of what has happened to nurses in the UK. Question someone with power over you, who then report you to your governing body (NMC), who believe the accusations they have made up about you, without any burden of proof that a civil court would demand.
So, having trawled my usual sources, and begining to feel despondent about the despotic systems that rule the world of care, I was delighted to stumble on this blog: https://nurseinterupted.wordpress.com/tag/nurse-whistleblower/
‘Though I have no history of patient harm/sentinel events/drug or substance abuse … On March 28, 2014 The Arizona Board of Nursing revoked my nursing license in relation to a patient harm incident I spoke out about in order to get the right thing done. In the process they also violated my first amendment rights to free speech and used this blog during the case in order to bring more charges against me. I have filed with the Superior Court of Arizona to fight this practice because the judgement against me has ramifications for every nurse all over the US and in the same way my first amendment rights were violated, so will other states seek to do the same thing to nurses everywhere. My case was a benchmark case and will be used in the future to establish discipline for other nurses … ‘.
Please visit this blog and send it out; ‘nurseinterupted’ writes in a very imaginative way, rich in allegory: ‘Other nurses have simply taken off their headsets, disconnected with air traffic control, closed their eyes’, and, although I think many that enter caring jobs never had headsets on in the first place, the clarion call: ‘Don’t give up. Everyone’s story deserves to be heard‘, is inspirational, and a rallying cry to all nurses whose faces are shoved in the mud by employers, and not supported by fascist nursing hierarchies.
DOWN WITH TYRANTS!
FREE SPEECH TO SAVE PATIENTS!
NURSES OF THE WORLD UNITE!
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