Bill Summary for S 697 (2011-2012)
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PROHIBITING RETALIATION AGAINST ANY NURSE WHO MAKES A GOOD FAITH REPORT CONCERNING PATIENT MEDICAL CARE OR WHO ENGAGES IN PATIENT ADVOCACY.Intro. by Stein.
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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Removes certain provisions from proposed GS 95-241.1 and moves them to now proposed GS 90-171.47A, and reorganizes and clarifies such provisions as follows. Prohibits an employer providing health care services from discriminating or taking retaliatory action against a nurse, who in good faith, with reasonable factual or legal basis, does any of the following, (i) discloses or threatens to disclose an activity, policy, or practice of the employer that is in violation of a law or rule or that fails to meet appropriate standards of medical care; (ii) provides information to, or testifies before, a regulatory agency conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into a violation or a failure to meet the appropriate standard of medical care; or (iii) advises another of his or her rights under the statute. Details requirements necessary to be eligible for protection under the statute. Provides procedure for action to take by a nurse who is aggrieved by a violation of the section. Deletes all other provisions from proposed GS 95-241.1. Authorizes a nurse to file a written complaint with the Commissioner of Labor. Makes conforming change to GS 95-242. Deletes amendment to GS 95-241(a). Changes title to AN ACT PROHIBITING RETALIATION AGAINST ANY NURSE WHO MAKES A GOOD FAITH REPORT CONCERNING PATIENT MEDICAL CARE.