WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A nurse in New Jersey filed a lawsuit that claimed some nurses in an adult psychiatric facility administered Benadryl to its patients to put them to sleep, leading to fewer night shift duties.
- The nurse who filed the suit complained that when she reported the alleged misconduct, her supervisor started an “immediate retaliatory campaign” against her.
- She claimed she was transferred to a department she wasn’t trained for — to force her resignation or to justify her termination.
A New Jersey nurse filed a lawsuit against her employer who allegedly retaliated against her for reporting misconduct committed by her co-workers.
Patricia Moran has worked at the Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch on the Jersey Shore for over 30 years.
In the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in the state Superior Court, Moran claimed that many of her fellow workers in the adult psychiatric department “knowingly misused and administered” Benadryl to make patients sleepy and “lighten their workload for the night shift.”
Benadryl is an antihistamine with drowsiness as its main side effect. The suit alleged that the said nurses did not indicate in the patient’s charts that they administered the medicine.
Moran claimed that she immediately reported the incident to her supervisor when she first learned of it in March 2019. But after Moran’s report, the supervisor immediately began a “retaliatory campaign” against her to force her resignation or to justify her termination.
Moran was transferred to the children’s floor — a unit that Moran wasn’t trained for and therefore uncomfortable working in. The supervisor proceeded to issue a “bogus” evaluation claiming Moran refused to perform her duties.
She incurred a 14-week suspension without pay with a warning that she could be fired.
Although she was told earlier this month that she can go back to work, Moran claims that her supervisor hasn’t yet assigned her a shift.
In a statement to NBC News, Moran’s attorney, Matthew A. Luber, said: “No employee deserves to be treated in such a manner, let alone someone who has dedicated more than 31 years at this particular hospital. Ms. Moran looks forward to her day in court.”
Moran is reportedly seeking an undisclosed monetary judgment plus damages.
A representative from RWJBarnabas Health, the health care network that owns the hospital, said it cannot issue comments regarding patients and employee matters.
Source: NBC News