The provision should declare a zero tolerance policy toward such conduct by the employees, and the policy should encourage employees to report directly to the physician or the office manager any instances of such misconduct that they have been subjected to by either a coworker or a patient.Action Step Physicians should consult with an experienced employment law attorney for the exact content to be included in an employee policy handbook.
Also, the employer should document the report in writing, including who said what, and what corrective action, if any, the employer will be taking.
Action Step Physicians should put in writing any pre-termination problems with employees and the reasons for their termination.
They should also have the employees acknowledge in writing the receipt of the employer’s documentation.
Mistake 8 Not Having a Nurse or a Physician Assistant Present When in an Examination Room with a Patient of the Opposite Sex While probably more of a consideration for a male physician with a female patient, having a nurse or a physician assistant present also may be prudent for a female physician with a male patient.
Innocent parts of a physical examination may be misinterpreted by a patient as being sexually or physically intrusive.