Nurse sues hospital for suspension related to suicidal comments
A nurse sued a hospital for putting her on sick leave in response to her comments about being suicidal and concerns expressed by colleagues. The hospital kept her out of work for 13 months.
- An appeals court sided with the hospital.
- The nurse’s lawyer says the hospital overreacted.
- The hospital’s lawyer claimed that there was reason to doubt the nurse’s ability to work.
When do an employee’s personal troubles threaten patient safety and justify limiting work duties? A certified registered nurse anesthetist recently sued a hospital after it put her on sick leave and demanded a psychiatrist approve her return to work, which was prompted by her statements suggesting suicidal thoughts and the concerns voiced by her coworkers.
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