Nurse Laid-off in the Middle of Surgery

In Health and Safety by Paul Martin5 Comments

A nurse was in the middle of a minor surgery last Wednesday or Thursday, when she was called out of it to be laid-off.  The patient was not effected by the interruption, it seems, and there is no word on what surgery was being performed.  This is a violation of medical protocol, however, as it could very well have lead to complications in the surgery among other things.

The Madison, Wisconsin based Dean Health System announced that it planned to “immediately lay off 90 employees.”

The individual who conducted the lay-off is an otherwise good employee with more than 30 years of nursing experience who is very upset and remorseful over the decision that she made to interrupt the procedure.

-via Madison

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Comments

  1. Denise Varner

    After 23 years of Professional Nursing I have never seen nor heard of this type of Management Practice. I certainly hope we are witnessing the end of the HMO Business Model of Health Care Delivery. It doesn’t matter the type of Surgery it is the fact that the procedure flow was interrupted which breaks everyone’s concentration. Poor decision on the part of Dean Health System.

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  3. Judy Norwood

    This is so unethecial and could have been very dangerous. Had the employee said that she was leaving the case and promptly left the room, she could have been sued for abandoment. Why would it not be so for the person who fired her to have caused abandonment? Where are peoples heads now days? The releasing of personal is usually done on a friday just before getting off duty. That is stressful enough. Thinks of the stress this poor employee faced.

  4. Judy Norwood

    This is so unethical and could have been very dangerous. Had this employee said that she was leaving the case and promptly left the room, she could have been cited for abandonment? Where are people’s heads now days? The releasing of personal is usually done on a Friday, just before getting off duty. That is stressful enough. Think of the stress this poor nurse has had to face. This facility should have to pay this employee dearly. The only exception is if the employee has done something wrong.

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