Nurse Entitled To Benefits, Left Hospital Over Improperly Sterilized Instruments

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Documents in an unemployment benefits case show that a Council Bluffs hospital administrator resigned his post last year after his superiors refused to tell patients that surgical instruments used on them hadn't been properly sterilized.

Robert Burgin was a registered nurse and the infection-control specialist for Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. State records show he resigned April 12, 2013 after making several attempts to get permission to tell two patients they were at risk of infection from blood-borne pathogens. Documents indicate a supervisor threatened his job when he persisted.

The matter became public when Burgin filed for unemployment benefits and the hospital challenged his claim. A judge has ruled for Burgin, saying Burgin resigned for good cause.


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