A nurse with over 30 years of experience has filed a lawsuit against Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey after she was punished for reporting that other nurses at the facility were giving patients Benadryl to help them sleep. Patricia Moran says that when she reported the practice to her boss, she became the victim of a retaliation campaign against her.
Moran says she learned that staff members were administering the drugs to patients to help "lighten the workload for the night shift nurses." She noticed that the drugs were missing from the machine that dispenses and tracks all medications and couldn't find a report to explain where the drugs went.
She alleges that the nurses failed to list the drugs on the patients' charts, which could have had fatal consequences.
After Moran reported the issue to her superior, she became the subject of an "immediate retaliatory campaign" in an effort to force her to quit or justify firing her.
“[Moran] was denied time on the schedule, she was provided a bogus evaluation, she was subjected to increased scrutiny, and she was otherwise ostracized from her co-workers,” the suit stated.
A spokesperson for the hospital's owner, RWJBarnabas Health, refused to comment on the lawsuit but said that they are "fully committed to providing a safe environment for our patients, visitors, and staff."
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