At a\this moment in time most nurses working the field maybe totally unaware of what is happening to their fellow colleagues that they’re standing right next to. Many of us would be the last to know that the Jane Doe, R.N. who helped start an I.V. left the unit after the shift and helped herself to a diversion drug act that allowed for a euphoric rush before escaping to dreamland. The count was correct and it was an uneventful shift without any major complaints. The following week Jane Doe, R.N. tests positive for HIV, methamphetamine, morphine and cocaine after an auto accident which caused the death of a child of another nurse whom worked at the same facility. The case is a criminal matter as well a AZBN case.
A nurse stays home with a spouse after a cancelled surgery for a spinal fusion because the physician wanted a ENT consult. After four days, at home, the patient suffers respiratory failure because of airway perforation with subsequent mediastinum infection creating a sepsis like condition. Not long afterwards the attending nurse discovers spouse was released home with known problem that physician denied knowledge of. Nurse complains to every known agency of concern and is fired for complaining, although termination disguised as nurse creating a hostile environment. Physician perjures self at AZBN Adm Law Ct hearing by falsifying evidence, with no evidence. Nurse, with a good history, turns license in as the suborning perjury AAG prosecutor smiles. Physician testifies in another civil complaint against same nurse for slander and when questioned about two different answers for same issue, states, “What difference does it make?” This is Arizona (TIA). Not Africa, but Arizona. It really is.
The governing body is you. Working in Arizona as a nurse may go well for you, many get caught in Satan’s net simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The above two cases are the extremes of the good and the bad. There are many more defining our lives as nurses. Does not matter what bills the legislature passes; you can not legislate morality.