Pros: clean facility, fair patient satisfaction.
Cons: allowing continued employment of staff with sexual abuse towards staff, obvious brushing complaints under the rug, not protecting female staff, potential for patient abuse, potential for continued abuse, high liability.
As a recent staff RN I did not have a chance to really get to know the facility as a I resigned withing 5 months of hire. I worked on a med/surg unit during the night shift and one evening I was sexually abused by a laboratory tech whom I had just met the night before. Now never experiencing this type of abuse, I was shocked, horrified and unsure of – more... what to do. I called in sick the next evening and then again on my next scheduled shift. I was contacted by my department supervisor at which time I informed her what had happened. Now I will say that this employee did not just say something inappropriate to me, he came up behind me and touched me in an inexcusable manner. I was so shocked I didn't know what to do. The department manager did sound very concerned and then stated that 'if' this happened she would have to investigate it and report it to the HR department. The HR manager contacted me and asked if I was okay with him calling this employee in to discuss the complaint. I agreed, was contacted several days later and advised that the employee admitted to doing exactly what I had reported. I then was asked to just 'try to stay away from him and when did I want to come back'. Wow, okay. I asked to be transferred to the other facility, or even a day shift position and was advised there were no open positions. I was also advised that I could apply for a PT on call position but I would have to resign and reapply. I gave him my resignation over the phone and when I checked on the application process for the PT position, I was informed there were no needs at that time. When I informed them that the HR director advised me to apply I again was informed to keep checking. I never heard from them again. I believe they wanted to get me out of the facility as quickly as possible to avoid a lawsuit. Looking back a few months now, I probably should have contacted legal representation. I did recently have a friend contact the hospital and ask for this employee and yes, he still works there. I decided at the very least I should report the incident through this review site as it may help someone else in the future. – less