Not real good news with the current shortage of nurses...entering too much information? From the information in this article, it sounds like the one nurse was right on the job, noticing the dosage was wrong...BD
UCI Medical Center has fired 13 nurses in the last three months and is investigating a union activist who sought information about one of the dismissals, according to the nurses union. Eight of the nurses have more than 20 years of experience each, and four of those have spent their two decades at UCI, union officials said. Hospital officials would not comment on why the nurses were let go. Susan Mancia, a hospital spokeswoman, said UCI was ranked among the top five hospitals in Southern California in a survey for Nurses magazine, in which nurses graded the quality of care, organizational culture, development, communications and retention efforts.
Beth Kean, the California Nurse Assn. director for University of California hospitals, said a "witch hunt" environment exists at the medical center.
The most recent dismissal was of a nurse who worked in the newborn nursery for 27 years, said Beth Kean, the California Nurse Assn. director for University of California hospitals.
She was fired Oct. 23, shortly after determining that vaccinations in the baby area were adult dosages. She worked with the hospital pharmacy to dilute the medicine and administered it to a baby, Kean said.The nurse was fired because she wrote too much information about the incident in the patient chart, Kean said. The nurse has filed a grievance to try to get her job back, Kean said.
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