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HEALTH: Too easy to put providers on report

Letter by Joann Black, Tacoma on April 25, 2012 at 11:08 am with 4 Comments »
April 25, 2012 12:48 pm

Re: “2 health care providers sanctioned” (TNT, 4-22).

I was quite disappointed to read two nurses’ names and the allegations against them. This was followed with the Web address and phone number to report medical professionals’ behavior.

This information has been misused by the public so many times and has created chaos and havoc in many medical professionals’ lives because someone who dislikes that individual has reported them to the state Department of Health.

If there is an issue with a nurse, the employer reports them. Laymen do not always understand the medical profession and report an individual, which may lead to a lengthy investigation. During that time it causes the individual psychological harm which may never be resolved.

Once a complaint has been reported against a nurse, it will sit on that individual’s license for 75 years. Those of us who have a medical license have worked extremely long and hard to achieve this. Publishing the information on how to report a license has put all of us in further jeopardy even when we practice within our scope.

Too many people report over and over because it is their right to remain anonymous. This action causes increased man hours to investigate the individual, costing taxpayer dollars.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. BooHoo, The laymen as you call them are the patients paying the bills. Lots of accusations with no facts. Why did the TNT waste the ink?

  2. menopaws says:

    Perhaps if the health care industry had more accountability with it’s CUSTOMERS, also known as patients, it would not be such a terrible mess……..However, I do agree that names should not be printed in the paper……Like the State does with contractors—people should go to a website that is published, for this information…….Innocent until proven guilty………….

  3. Laymen do not always understand the medical profession

    Excuse me!!???!!!

    It is my body and I understand when I am not being treated well, with dignity, respect and care.

    It is bad enough that some M.D.’s think they are Minor Deities but to have nurses – who are accredited with a 4 year degree – acting superior is too much. Sorry honey, but I have taught students in nursing programs and, more often than not, they ain’t the brightest bulbs on the tree.

  4. justiceasapolicy says:

    Ms Black needs to realize that this isn’t about her, it’s about protecting the vulnerable people in the hands of some caregivers. Too often, over zealous social workers get a guardian appointed who appoints their friends as caregiver and protects them both with a lawyer, paid for by the one being cared for. The only oversight is the court which is … surprise, lawyers. People register complaints repeatedly because they aren’t acted upon and the abuse continues. Taxpayer expense? How about the millions in claims that are paid out because some of these people weren’t caught sooner and how about the practice of skimming off all the client’s liquid assets, selling their estate and them dumping them on medicaid for the rest of their lives … at tax payer expense. I believe the phrase is “isolate, medicate, take the estate”. Now that’s just morally wrong. We need more constraints not less. Good providers, as in any business, have no need to fear.

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