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I recently resigned before I was terminated, as a direct result of horizontal violence and hostility that affected patient care. What can I do about this?

Wednesday May 29, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I recently resigned before I was terminated, as a direct result of horizontal violence and hostility that affected patient care. I have thought about claiming there was a failure to provide a safe working environment, but am not sure how to pursue that claim. What can I do?

Feeling Abused

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Feeling Abused,

This is something to discuss with a nurse attorney who is uniquely qualified to interpret the law, as well as issues related to healthcare and nursing. Find a nurse attorney by asking around, getting a referral from your state chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org), whether or not you are a member, or from the American Association of Nurse Attorneys (www.taana.org). This way you can find out what recourse you have, if any, and where to go from here. Many nurse attorneys offer an initial complimentary consultation to determine if you have a case. An attorney also can advise you on the issue of whether or not you were unfairly terminated or forced to resign, if that is what happened.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.