CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former hospital nurse has been awarded more than $1 million in a lawsuit that claimed she was fired for expressing concerns of possible violations.
A Kanawha County Circuit Court jury made the award Thursday after a nine-day trial to Susan Nutter, who worked at Thomas Hospital's psychiatric unit from August 2008 to November 2009.
The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/1gigYTt) reports the jury found the hospital wrongfully fired Nutter, intentionally inflicted emotional distress, defamed her when it reported patient chart discrepancies to a nurse licensing board, and failed to properly pay her charge nurse wages.
Her attorney, Marvin Masters, testified Nutter reported nurses calling in prescriptions without a doctor's permission and other concerns.
Hospital attorney Bryan Cokeley disputed the whistleblower claims in court and declined comment on the verdict.
Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.charlestondailymail.com