Saturday, September 25, 2010

what say you on this issue?

When Miriam Leverington, a cardiac nurse in Colorado Springs, was stopped for speeding, she grumbled to the police officer.
“I hope you are not ever my patient,” she reportedly told him.
What happened next has become a topic of widespread debate in Colorado and on the blogosphere. The police officer, Duaine Peters, complained to the hospital where Ms. Leverington worked that her comment amounted to a threat, suggesting she might give him poor care should he ever become her patient.
The hospital fired the nurse, and now the nurse has countered with a lawsuit. She says she was merely exercising her right to free speech — and expressing her hope that she never see the policeman again.
The case is now being decided by a federal appeals court, but raises the question of whether nurses and health care workers should be held to a higher standard than other workers.
The Gazette in Colorado Springs is taking its own online vote, and so far more than 70 percent of respondents agree the hospital had a right to fire the nurse.
What do you think? Should someone be fired for talking back to a police officer outside the workplace? Are the rules different if the person is a health care worker?



Aerinah said...

Man, this is a tough one. On the one hand, I think it's absolutely reprehensible that any medical worker would suggest to a cop that they should go easy on them, if they want good medical care in future. But on the other hand, I also don't think I should get fired for a comment made in the heat of the moment, and - this is the crucial bit for me - when I was not at work. So, I don't know what to say...

*Goddess* said...

I'm on the fence about it. Her comment sounded like a threat to me, but I'm guessing it was just something she threw out there in the heat of the moment. But you don't say stuff like that in the situation she was in. Not cool. At all.

BedaFiglia said...

I'm a nurse and I wouldn't DARE ever make that statement to a LEO. She was way out of line, and I believe the hospital acted appropriately.

Meadowlark said...

I think more people should be held to the "higher standard" rule. At work or not... do you know how many people get pissed off if a LEO does something "off work"??? People in positions of trust should all be held to those same high standards.

sez me :)