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I am being investigated by the peer review committee for medical errors. What advice do you have concerning this situation?

Monday May 14, 2012
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Dear Nancy,

I worked at a facility for four years. In the past three months, I was written up for medication errors three times. The paperwork stated that no harm was done. I havenít worked in that hospital for two months. Today, I received a certified letter stating I was being investigated by the peer review committee. The meeting was scheduled for May 10 and today is May 14. I canít be sure, but I believe my manager is mad at me because I told her I would not be back to work.

Sophia



Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Sophia,

It is important for you to retain a nurse attorney or attorney who works with nurses to defend you against these allegations as soon as possible. Anytime someone questions your professional practice, you must respond. However, there are issues here that need the skill of an attorney.

For example, why is this certified letter received after the hearing date? When was it mailed? Why were you not confronted with these medication errors before you left your employment?

Another issue is how you left your employment. Did you give proper notice? Were you asked to leave or did you just leave? If there is a retaliatory motive, your attorney can help you with this as well.

Do keep in mind that medication errors are medication errors, regardless of the type of medication and regardless of whether a patient was harmed or not. Again, your attorney can help you with this aspect of the allegations against you.

Cordially,
Nancy



Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.