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Do I have the right to know what I am under investigation for at the nursing home where I work?

Thursday October 24, 2013
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Question:

Dear Donna,

Do I have the right to know what I am under investigation for at the nursing home where I work ?

Under Investigation

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Under Investigation,

Without knowing the particulars, you should be entitled to know what you are being investigated for and have an opportunity to respond. Check with your human resources department about the procedure for such matters.

You may also want and need to consult a nurse attorney to protect your rights, especially if any further action is taken against you either at your place of employment or professional organizations, such as reporting you to your board of nursing.

Find a nurse attorney by asking around, getting a referral from your state chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.ana.org), even if you are not a member, or through The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (www.taana.org).

Some nurses are concerned that consulting or hiring an attorney somehow indicates guilt on their part. That is not the case. You have to stand up for yourself and your rights. Your license, your livelihood and your reputation may be at stake.

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://www. Nurse.com/Events.