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Old 06-04-2011, 03:16 PM
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Two surgical nurses, their OR colleagues and their hospital face trial for pranks played on an employee as he underwent surgery at the facility.

Chauncey Drewery, a surgical tech at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen, Texas, checked in to the hospital for a tonsillectomy. Upon emerging from general anesthesia he discovered that Barbara Wiedebusch, RN, and Kristien Williams, RN had applied pink nail polish to his fingers and toes while he was unconscious.

They'd also written "Barb was here" and "Kris was here" on the soles of his feet and taped up his thumb to mock what court records described as his "very private, but embarrassing habit" of sucking it. After Mr. Drewery returned to work, the pair allegedly continued to tease him about the incident and spread misleading rumors about his sexual orientation, to the point that he left the hospital.

In April 2009, Mr. Drewery sued Ms. Wiedebusch and Ms. Williams for assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress over their pranks and taunts. His lawsuit accused surgical tech Betty Thorp, RN, and anesthesia provider Warren Voegele, CRNA, who assisted in the case, of aiding and abetting the 2 nurses by failing to intervene to stop the pranks.

The suit also names the hospital since the surgical staffers had been acting as their employees and the administrators had failed to respond to Mr. Drewery's complaints, to acknowledge the nurses' wrongdoing and to assign punishment, all of which fostered a hostile work environment, the plaintiff alleges.

The defendants requested that the case be dismissed, arguing that it lacked the medical expert reports necessary for healthcare liability claims to proceed. While a county trial court granted this request, a state appeals court reversed that decision and sent the case back to the trial court.

The pranks "were extreme and outrageous, in that all Defendants were in positions that required them to provide medical care and treatment" to a patient who "was under general anesthesia and muscular paralysis and was physically incapable of defending himself against this assault committed by the very professionals charged with protecting him from these horrific actions," the court wrote.

http://www.outpatientsurgery.net/new...urses-in-Court
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:18 PM
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IMHO they deserve to be put on trial. What an awful thing to do. Just because he was employed there does not give them any right to treat him any differently than any other non-employee patient.
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I agree this was not called for and not funny.
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Naughty, naughty. Not a prank when someone is under anesthesia and trusting you to do your job. I think he has a good case based on what I read. Just awful.
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I so agree what they did was wrong, it is an assault on his body that he could not defend. Poor guy I feel so sorry that he had to leave his place of employment due to lack of action from the hospital.
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Very unprofessional and inappopropriate. I hope he not only gets a ton of money but gets their licenses taken away because of it.
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ITA, Kylee. I also hope he gets compensated for the pay he lost having to leave his job due to toxic work conditions.
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This would be awful for anyone, but reading between the lines it seems to me that the gentleman involved was gay (and perhaps still closeted) and that this "prank" was influenced by this knowledge.

They also call this assault in all fifty States, and it taps into a very real feel of what happens to us when we are helpless.

When I saw the headline, I was thinking something benign that was blown out of proportion, like a FRIEND of the patient putting a "get-well soon" sticker over the surgical dressing and the hospital over-reacting.

This is the exact opposite.....nasty, venomous women who knew better. This is workplace bullying AND patient battery called into one hot mess!
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