Nurse-Patient Interaction Opens Hospitals to Liability
Ruiz, Gina, Workforce Management
Few settings present as great a challenge for protecting workers against sexual harassment as hospitals. Each day, nurses come into close physical contact with dozens of virtual strangers their patients-who aren't employees of the hospital and who haven't gone through a vetting process. It is difficult to predict how patients are going to treat nurses, and it is impossible for hospitals to enforce anything like an employer's code of conduct on them.
This lack of control, however, doesn't immunize hospitals against the actions of a nonemployee, says Jim Hall, partner at Barlow, Kobata & Denis, an employment law firm based in Los Angeles. The law …
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Publication information: Article title: Nurse-Patient Interaction Opens Hospitals to Liability. Contributors: Ruiz, Gina - Author. Magazine title: Workforce Management. Volume: 85. Issue: 2 Publication date: January 3, 2006. Page number: 13. © 2009 Crain Communications, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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