Nurses Dispute Terminations

A former nurse at Pitt County Memorial Hospital claims the hospital falsified documents to have a group of nurses under 30-years -old wrongfully fired.

Jessica Gries says she and seven other neo-natal intensive care unit RN's worked at the hospital until last December, when the hospital fired them for allegedly falsifying documents relating to patient IV tube changes. Gries claims her manager wanted the nurses fired because they were all under 30-years-old.

Gries says the hospital reported them to the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Gries says documents from the board show that the board didn't find enough evidence to remove their nursing licenses or discipline them.

Gries says she asked for her job back, but says the hospital told her they had made a sound decision.

Gries says several of the fired nurses were denied unemployment and says unemployment hearings have been going on for the past six months. Gries says two of the nurses were granted unemployment at a hearing last week, when lawyers argued managers falsified documents to get the nurses fired and not the other way around.

A Pitt County Memorial Hospital spokesperson says the hospital is unable to comment on the matter because it's a personnel issue.

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  • by This is Crazy Location: Beaufort County on Jul 28, 2010 at 06:05 PM
    I'd sue! Plain and simple. If the ESC has found that the hospital was the one who falsified records, I would OWN the hospital! See where the managers are then!
  • by current rn Location: greenville on Jul 27, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    A few years back uhs cleaned house with the nurse managers. They need to do it again. However, the nurse managers are only as good as the folks that are above them. If you have been at pcmh any considerable amount of time, you have seen this done. The hospital operates on fear. It is very dishearting to me. I became an rn to help people. I continue to be in staffing because I refuse to partake in the twisted ways of mgt. They have no one to answer to and do not care about the worker bee's. My heart truly does go out to my fellow rn's that were canned under false pretenses. When nurse mgt goes on a witch hunt. You had better get ready. It is amazing to watch these little roaches.
  • by Tired RN Location: G-Vegas on Jul 21, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    Favoritism is king. People form clicks on the unit, driving people out. Then 1 goes into mgmt & moves all their friends into positions. And HR has over turned 2-3 times in the last 5 years. This is not HR fault. People (inc mgmt) do what they want & interpret policy as they want. Easy to do because policies are so vague, they are useless. The IV policy states to change tubing as per policy. What? I change tubing each shift. Don't trust that the night RN used proper tech. Infection costs more than 3 bags of tubing. My job is to provide safe care. Hard enough to do without enough help. & the RN who spends all time typing? Healthspan is the least user friendly app I've ever seen. And when mgmt gets a bug up their a**, they add a new thing for us to document & state problem solved. Yes mgmt is bad. No autonomy, no respect 4 staff. When jobs open up, I'm gone. For now, I keep my head down. Mgmt will use Delta to get rid of those who don't. Delta did not follow mgmt, only staff
  • by EquineRN on Jul 16, 2010 at 04:17 PM
    Now Heritage is telling all their employees not to discuss anything work related on posts like this and facebook. Not surprising when there is a dead baby involved because an on-call pharmacist refused to come in and pull prostaglandins that would have saved its life.
  • by anonymous on Jul 8, 2010 at 06:10 PM
  • by RN on Jul 1, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    PROUD RN- So I just want to make sure I understand what your saying- That ANYONE that doesn't follow P&P Should Be Fires? If what they did was so Dangerous, then why did Management let it go on for so Long? Especially with NICU Babies. Why these nine? It shouldn't be hard to prove if they were actually falsifying the chart. As for the guidelines, your right, the point is, I've actually head both administrators and coordinators say just that, that policies are just guidelines(Certain Policies). I don't believe someone should be fired just because they didn't follow Policies. Patients have died because of not following Policies but yet no one was fired. There is more to this story, something just doesn't add up. Some of you guys need to take your Blinders off and look around, Open your eyes. What's the real story here? We should all stand behind our Fellow RN's until we know the Truth. It could happen to any one of Us. Your mistaken if you don't believe that.
  • by concerned nurse in CHOWAN COUNTY Location: CHOWAN COUNTY on Jul 1, 2010 at 09:12 AM
  • by Anonymous on Jul 1, 2010 at 04:22 AM
    In response to Proud PCMH RN from July 1 @ 03:50am. I agree that P&P should be followed to a tee. But I also feel that this applies to all staff including management. And if management was aware for several months that this was common practice and it was a great risk to patients then they should have reacted sooner. I feel that there are a lot of loops in the entire situation and unfortunately we will never know the whole story. And I would just like to say that since your post was 3:50 am I hope it was not done from a PCMH computer because that too is a violation. I believe in all or nothing then there is no room for interpretation on anyone's part, don't you agree.
  • by Proud PCMH RN on Jul 1, 2010 at 12:50 AM
    Policy & Procedure are NOT guidelines, ask any Attorney. If you break one line of a policy, it is broken. There are Guidelines that are just that, but the IV policy for changing tubing is a policy that is not open to interpretation. Also, when something like this is happening, there needs to be irrefutable proof prior to taking action. Accusations without proof do not allow for any action to be taken. As far as the comments about education, at least once a year RNs must review policies for things such as IV tubing changes, IV site care, etc. Training and education were not the problems, compliance was. By the way, I like working with experienced staff, too. ESPECIALLY in high-risk specialty areas. When the difference between life and death can be the "gut feeling" that comes with experience, that's who I want taking care of my loved one. With experience comes a subtle "knowing" that is hard to define, a sense of recognizing that something is wrone that a textbook can teach.
  • by pizza guy Location: Greenville on Jun 30, 2010 at 05:18 PM
    They're not supposed to make food orders online but they do. They have even put directions such as back of hospital. Gee that's really helpful. I hope you're more informative if a doctor asks you questions about a patient.

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