Patient Safety - Reality Check

Anonymous Nurse Response
to this site

It's too bad this had to be posted anonymously,
but it could have effected his/her job.

I have been a RN for 23 years and can assure you that many nurses do file complaints against co-workers as well as physicians. I have also been a patient many times so I know from that end you can be blacklisted and bullied by the system too. One hospital I worked at for 14 years had 2 doctors that had been on numerous occasions reported to the state medical association AND hospital administration to no avail or to recieve a slap on the hand and move on with their practice. I was outright told by my "bosses" that they would make it to where I would be forced to quit my job, would be "blacklisted" to be hired by other hospitals, and all of this would cross state borders. Now to someone who worked very hard to become a RN and who is supporting a family that is beyond duanting. I still have filed formal complaints when I saw a doctor or nurse cause harm to any patient. Very few of those complaints ever seemed to make a difference unfortunately due to the way the system is set up.One of my nursing intructors always told me that I should treat my patients as I would want my own family treated... it has stayed with my til this day. I agree empathy is not encouraged enough in todays society on all levels especially medicine. Thank you for making people more aware of this situation.
                               --  New York, Sunday, November 26, 2006   10:09 AM

Forgive his/her spelling. It was typed in a small feedback box.