Examples of Slander in Nursing
Defamation is illegal and occurs when someone spreads false defamatory statements misrepresenting your character to a third party. These statements cause serious harm to the person’s reputation and may lead to economic losses. For a statement to be considered defamatory, it must be:
- A false statement
- About the plaintiff
- Communicated to a third party
- The defendant must have malicious intent, such that they knew it was false or questioned its truthfulness but still communicated it
- It caused serious harm to the plaintiff
Defamation vs Freedom of Speech
There is often an intersection between defamation and freedom of speech. There are two scenarios in which an embarrassing statement is protected by the defendants’ rights to free speech, which are a protected opinion, or statements about matters of public concern:
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Slander in Nursing
Defamation occurs in various industries, with healthcare being one of the most prominent. Nurses have reported various situations that involved defamatory activities. These situations include:
- False defamatory statements posted by a nurse about her supervisor
- Nurses participating in false statements about co-workers
- A nurse allegedly releasing client information that is false and defamatory
- A lawsuit filed by a nurse against an employer on the grounds of defamation and wrongful dismissal
- Alleged defamation of character when a parent is questioned by nurses or hospital staff about child abuse
- A nursing student filing a lawsuit against a nursing instructor claiming alleged negligence and defamation
How You Can Avoid Defamation Lawsuits As A Nurse
- Be aware of the defamation laws in your state
- Do not write, or say, anything false about your co-worker to a third party
- Never engage in “gossip” unless you are certain what is being said is true
- If you are a nursing director, thoroughly investigate any complaints that you get
- It is important to note that if you spread false defamatory statements about your co-worker, and they can prove defamation, then there is no need for them to prove any economic losses or material damages. Questioning someone’s competency in their profession will automatically make it a defamatory statement, and you will have to suffer the consequences.
What Is A Defamation Cease and Desist Letter?
If you are a nurse and have been facing slander from your co-workers or employers, then you have the option of writing a cease and desist letter before filing a lawsuit. This is a formal document that is sent to the defendant such that they stop publishing defamatory statements and revoke all that they have already published. If the statements claimed that you are unfit for your position or incompetent as a nurse, then you do not need to prove material damage and you can seek monetary compensation.
This letter must be convincing, and detailed. You must show that the five elements of defamation are met with these published statements. Due to the detail and requirements of this letter, it might be hard writing one on your own. Lawyers can do the job but is it really necessary to pay thousands of dollars for a letter?
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- Who/what published it?
- How would you like to be compensated and why?
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