RN dies in car accident...........her family is suing the hospital where she worked. Thoughts?
An Ohio RN died instantly after being involved in a car accident. Her family is suing the hospital where she worked claiming they worked her to death. She often told her family and co workers she didn't even have time to eat during her 12 hour shifts and she was constantly being called in to work because she was one of the few RNs who knew how to use a dialysis machine. She worked for Jewish Hospital and the whole story can be found on www.cincinnati.com but you may have to look around for it because the accident happened last week. She worked 3 12-hour shifts but often was called in on her off days. I do not know the family but I am extremely sorry for their tragic loss. There are 2 sides to every story but, in my opinion, this woman should have said no to the extra shifts if she knew it was simply too much. 16 hours is the absolute max per Ohio law that a RN or STNA (State Tested Nurses Aide) can work in one shift. Should her family win? Is it the hospital's fault or should she have taken some personal responsibility and told her boss she was at her absolute limit?