Be Afraid. Be very Afraid.

Recently, a cardiac nurse, Miriam Leverington, was stopped for speeding and she made a remark to the police officer that stopped her. She told him “I hope you are not ever my patient”.

The police officer filed a complaint with the hospital where she worked, and said that her remark was basically a threat, which suggested that she may give him bad treatment if ever he was in her care. The hospital subsequently fired the nurse, who has now filed an unlawful dismissal lawsuit which is being decided by a federal appeals court. The nurse claims that she was exercising her right to free speech and she was just expressing her hope that she would not meet the officer again.

If that was the case, why not just tell him so? I see that as  a threat. If I met a cardiac nurse and she told me that she hoped I was never her patient, I can only understand that to mean that she is going to make my life miserable, or even put my life in danger. I definitely agree with the hospital’s decision to fire her, and I think that her nursing license should have been taking away.

A poll was taken of how many people believe that it was right for the hospital to fire her. Only 70% agreed with the hospital. That’s a scary statistic. That means that 30% of the population is as vindictive and sadistic as this nurse. This only goes to show that you need to be extremely polite to health care practitioners, even if they are screwed up and pissing you off. Statistically, 1/3 of them are crazy and have your life in their hands!