Nurse claims Missouri hospital fired her for voicing patient safety concerns

Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield, Missouri, faces a lawsuit from one of its former nurses who alleges that she was fired for reporting inadequate staffing and infection control practices that put patients in danger, according to the Springfield News-Leader. Cheryl Shultz claims that in her role as charge nurse at the hospital, she observed an employee removing needle caps with her teeth before using the same needles to inject medication into central lines, as well as nurses performing chemotherapy infusions who were not qualified to do so and at rates in excess of established standards. When she reported these concerns to the hospital's error reporting system, Shultz alleges that in retaliation, supervisors removed her from the charge nurse position and ultimately fired her. The newspaper reports a Mercy spokeswoman declined to comment. Article