Former St. Joseph's nurse alleges BayCare executives ignored ED staffing concerns

A nurse who worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., is suing the hospital's operator for allegedly unsafe staffing levels in the emergency room overnight, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Marie David, RN, filed the lawsuit Aug. 21 against Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System, according to the report. She alleges she told BayCare leaders about the staffing issues last August, but the meeting did not go well. Ms. David and her co-workers later submitted an anonymous complaint to the Joint Commission about a sentinel event in the ER. Ms. David alleges subsequent meetings with managers led to increasing disciplinary action against her, ultimately driving her to quit May 31, according to the report.   

BayCare did not comment on the pending litigation. Spokesperson Lisa Razler told the Tampa Bay Times: "I can assure you that patient safety is our top priority."

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