Response to 2 Peers
1. Consider your peer responses. Are they similar or different than yours?
2. How often should you review your employer’s position or the board of nursing reporting illegal, unethical or unsafe conduct?
Once I have accepted your bid I will send you the peers to respond too: Both need to be 300 words or more
There are various reasons why people fear reporting illegal, unsafe, or unethical conduct. They include fear of repercussions, lack of redress, fear of being treated differently by supervisors and colleagues, fear of not being believed, fear of being labeled “hysterical” and incapable of managing interpersonal conflict (Meidav, 2021). People also avoid reporting unsafe, illegal, or unethical conduct because they feel reporting the unethical behavior means reliving it, fear that reporting the incident may jeopardize any job opportunities in the future for the organization. The reasons listed more frequently include being demoted, losing a job, being alienated from others, and the fear of retaliation.
The board of nursing encourages reporting illegal, unsafe, or unethical conduct among nurses and even patients. The board has the Nursing Practice Act that provides it with authority to examine lawsuits and take disciplinary action on nurses who are unethical (“Board of Registered Nursing’s Enforcement Division,” 2021). The board has an enforcement division responsible for complaint intake, probe, legal action, and monitoring of probation. The board encourages reporting/filing a complaint because that is the only way that it will learn of the purported violations of the Nursing Practice Act. Additionally, nursing board do not want to destroy nursing reputation, it encourages people to report any form of unethical behavior.
Having enough facts, weighing if it is worth reporting, understanding how the organization handles unethical, illegal, or unsafe conducts by assessing its ethical culture, and the reporting lines are the factors that influence my decision regarding reporting any form of unethical, illegal, or unsafe conduct.
I would advise a nurse who needs this information that it is essential to practice according to the nursing practice act trying as much as possible to avoid any form of unethical, illegal, or unsafe conduct to her patients or colleagues. Besides, she should know that whenever she has had an encounter with unethical, illegal, or unsafe conduct among her colleagues, she should not hesitate to report them to the nursing board because the complaint is confidential. Nobody will be aware that she is the one who filed it, thus not need to worry about any negative consequences.