An article I wrote for the Journal of Nursing Administration's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation was published this month. The title of the article is A Hospital's Malicious Criminal Prosecution of a Registered Nurse: What is the Intended and Unintended Message? October-December 2006; Vol. 8, No. 4.
This article was based on an actual Ohio case where a Hospital terminated a R.N. for allegations of patient abuse, actively worked with the prosecutor's office to seek multiple indictments (the nurse wasn't indicted by the grand jury), challenged the nurse's unemployment benefits, and the nurse grieved her termination. A complaint was filed against the nurse with the Ohio Board of Nursing however no action was taken against her license.
The nurse sued the hospital and prevailed on her claim for malicious criminal prosecution. The article is a must read for nurses employed by healthcare organizations. This RN was a charge nurse and front-line nurse manager.