ETHICAL PROBLEMS: A spy among us?

October 2004 
Volume 34  Number 10
Pages 67 - 67
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(10)             October 2004             p 67 A spy among us? [ETHICAL PROBLEMS: POOR COMMUNICATION]


Last week, a nurse from the quality assurance department came to observe in the medical/surgical unit where I work. She followed each one of the nurses around for about half an hour—walking right into patients' rooms, watching what we were doing, and taking detailed notes. But she wouldn't let any of us see her notes and she wouldn't tell us why she was there .

I know our hospital's been preparing for our accreditation review, but we've all heard rumors about staff cuts and the unit is buzzing. Do we have the right to demand an explanation? —N.J., CALIF.

Talk about a communication glitch. Nobody likes to feel spied upon. Having someone from quality assurance watch over ...

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