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