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Nurse claims that he was improperly trained at New York hospital

Potentially frightening allegations are contained in a recent news report concerning an employment law issue in New York. A registered nurse is not claiming medical malpractice in the dispute, but the allegations contained in his story highlight how a lack of supervision or training at a hospital may put patients in harm’s way.

Proper vetting of medical professionals is an important consideration in the hiring process. But, merely making reasonable inquires into the credentials and experience of a new hire is not the end of a hospital’s duty. Nursing shortages, for instance, may expose patients to the risk of harm in a medical center.

In the recent Long Island dispute, an RN says that he was a novice when hired. He was assigned to work in the intensive care unit at an East Meadow, New York, hospital, caring for seriously ill patients, according to his dispute. He says that with his lack of experience, he may not have been qualified to handle the role. He claims that he was not given proper training to care for such seriously ill patients. His dispute alleges that his assignment in the ICU may have led to harm to patients under his care, according to the New York Post.

He claims in his employment dispute that his being assigned to the ICU on his first job as an RN negligently exposed patients to the risk of harm, potentially even wrong death. He further asserts that he would be required to work for 18 hours or more, at times, because no relief nurse would show up to take over.

Hospital negligence may be a difficult issue to detect. However, if a patient suffers harm as a result of improper staffing issues or other negligent acts tied to hospital operations, a victim of the negligence may be able to pursue justice in court.

Source: New York Post, “Nurse accuses LI hospital of neglect, possibly deaths,” Kathianne Boniello and Taylor K. Vescey, Feb. 9, 2014 

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