The Wisconsin State Journal and several other news sources revealed today that an RN at Dean’s West Clinic in Madison was laid off mid-surgery. The nurse reportedly was removed from a minor surgical procedure in progress to be handed the pink slip.
The abrupt removal, which spokesman Paul Pitas said posed no danger to the patient, came after the Madison-based health care provider announced Wednesday that it planned to “immediately” lay off 90 employees. (The Wisconsin State Journal)
This ‘no danger’ situation unfortunately violated established patient-care procedures at Dean Health System which states that an RN must be present along with a physician and other clinical staff.
The layoffs effected 90 of the 4,500 company employees. Hopefully not all from the same room.