This article was written in November 2008, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...patients.html#
The next set of articles were April 16 -17, 2009 http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...g-1669648.html
The nurse is the whistleblower on the medical facility and does not have immunity from back lashing by the medical facility and their nursing board. I did a paper on whistleblowers this past fall (a course requirement toward my msn). This woman placed herself in a dangerous position and she will face unnecessary repercussions by authorities, families, medical professionals and strangers. She will be associated with the abuse occurring in the facility. Therefore, it’s a vomiting situation to read about the lack of protection for the abused patients and those who revealed the truth about their employer.
The history, purpose and importance of the whistleblower were revealed through the hours of research conducted by me. I did not formulate an opinion and my classmates’ opinions were 100% negative. Basically, the top 3 arguments were harsher rules, less money and tougher advancement/changes were the outcomes from a whistleblower and no one wants one working with them.
The whistleblowers are very important to have in every employment, department, employee’s position, and etc. These whistleblowers are your watch dogs to bring awareness of wrong doing by everyone including the employer. They give everyone the opportunity to clean-up their dirty practice prior to going outside the institution due to in-house rules one must follows. Once the whistleblowers activate the chain of in-house rules and document them. No change occurs than the whistleblowers have the right to go outside the facility and alert/elicit the media, JCO or anyone to assist in the danger situation at hand. Therefore, each medical facility has established rules for a person or whistleblower to follow in reporting wrongdoings.
There are laws in the USA to protect the whistleblowers from back lashing by employers, employees, families, strangers, lawyers, etc. The whistleblowers are anonymous and protected. It will not be tolerated for someone to be abused for protecting the patients, public or a coworker.
Yes, changes occur due to the whistleblowers for the better. Regardless of, many people do not like changes, are set in their ways, become physical and verbal abusive with suspected coworkers and etc. and the employees/employers would have attend additional training and in-services to correct the wrong doing.
Yes, eventually the whistleblower will be exposed and squeezed out by the employer. Sometimes, a trial will be held to reveal the employer violated the whistleblower’s law. The verdict can favor the employer in most case and the whistleblower can be successful with a large reward from the employer.
I believe in the whistleblower’s theory and the need for them. If I was an employer, I cannot be everywhere at once and see everything as well. I need a good set of eyes that I can rely on and be truthful. I do not need a nark or back stabber and a telltale reporting to me. I would know corruption occurs on all levels and sometimes, for different reasons and I need to nip it as soon as it begins. I would be thankful for anyone who reports it and do not worry I would watch everyone, too.
It’s about the patients and doing harm to another. It’s not the money that will be lost because an employer will be able to make it up by decreasing the staff or increasing intake of patients or etc.
What are your feelings of whistleblowers?