Can a hospital fire a RN because she holds a NP license?
My wife has been working as a RN at a hospital in Wisconsin for 10+ years. Recently she got her Master's degree and passed her boards to become a Nurse Practitioner. She is continuing to work in her RN job until she is able to find a NP position. However, the hospital has informed her that because she is now licensed as a NP she will be terminated in 90 days. Nobody has been able to give us a reason for that besides "hospital policy." She does still hold a RN license. Is this legal? If they do terminate her, would we have grounds for a wrongful termination case?
Asked By: Mike - 6/4/2013
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They are fools but they can fire pretty much anyone for pretty much any reason. As long as she holds her RN License they cannot fire her for cause, so she'd get unemployment. They can have a policy to fire her but it makes no sense at all since RN's are in short supply and they are paying less for her services than her... More
Answered By: Phil - 6/4/2013
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if she has a contract, either personally or through a union, read it. It is she has no contract, then anyone can be fired or can quit for any reason or no reason.
Answered By: laughter_every_day - 6/4/2013
they can't have someone working as an rn we the have credentials for a higher position. And it is hospital policy.
Answered By: garrytoo - 6/4/2013
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