Nurses gave patients unnecessary medications to “reduce the workload”

Nurse Patricia Morgan argues that several of her colleagues in the psychiatric ward for adults in a hospital Monmouth Medical Center gave patients an antihistamine, to “reduce the workload” in night shift.

Nurse hospital of new Jersey claims in a lawsuit filed against her employer that some employees of the night shift had given a patient an antihistamine, so that they were sleepy, and when she complained, her Manager took action against it.

Patricia Morgan has filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, claiming that several of her colleagues at Monmouth Medical Center “deliberately abused and gave” an antihistamine, to make patients sleepy. She claims that patients were given a drug whose main side effect is drowsiness, to “reduce the workload for nurses night shift”. Patricia noted that nurses were not noted in the patient records that they were given this medicine.

She stated that she first learned about the alleged misconduct of nurses in March 2019 and immediately reported it to his Manager. However, after the woman who worked at the hospital for more than 30 years, shared his concern with the chief, the prescribing of antihistamines was “justified by the hospital” and administrators “issued instructions to stop doing that”.

The Manager started “retaliatory campaign”to force Morgan to retire or find a reason for dismissal. The Manager gave her a “fake” rating and transferred to the Department for children, to which she was not properly trained. In the lawsuit, the woman cites an incident in July when Morgan said she was uncomfortable to hold pediatric appointment because she lacks practice in that field. Then, according to women, the Manager accused her of “refusing” to perform a duty and the nurse was suspended for 14 weeks without pay, saying that it can even be fired.

Morgan was allowed to return to work this month, but she says in the lawsuit that her Manager doesn’t give her the shifts, though she’s still listed as an employee of the hospital.

Matthew Lubero, attorney Morgan, in his statement on Thursday told NBC News that the hospital “turned back” to its client and this behavior is “inexcusable”. “No employee deserves such relationships, not to mention the fact, who has dedicated over 31 years to this hospital. Patricia Morgan is waiting for see you in court”,- he said.

The representative RWJBarnabas Health, health network, which owns the hospital, said he could not give a comment in relation to patients and staff. “Monmouth Medical Center provides a safe place for our patients, visitors and staff”,- noted in their statement.

In the result of the trial Morgan hopes to obtain from the hospital a cash payout, the amount of which is not specified.
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