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Abstract

The nursing profession is a helping one. However, a desire to "help" by speaking on an issue of concern may result in a lawsuit. In many such cases, the "helper" invokes free speech protection through the Constitution. Nurse administrators have been involved both as plaintiffs and defendants. An understanding of First Amendment free speech protection is vital to nurse administrators in determining whether their own speech is protected and in handling situations in which the nurses they supervise have spoken. The author discusses relevant cases and suggests ways in which nurse administrators can evaluate situations in which they become involved.