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Salad H
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Here is a helpful article: http://career-advice.monster.com/in-the-office/workplace-issues/how-nurses-can-fight-sexual-harassment/article.aspx

I would also review your facility’s protocol for sexual harassment (every facility should have one). If the supervisors are of no assistance, I would remind them of this policy. Or, if you must, go to another level of supervisor. I know, chain-of-command. But if your immediate supervisors are not helping, you need to go higher.

I would document (in writing) each time this occurs and the exact words spoken/actions taken. Sounds like some of the nurses there are already doing this. I would also document each time that you spoke to a supervisor.

If you are unionized, the union may help with this. If you are like many of us and not unionized…you could possibly ask your board of nursing in your state for suggestions and advice. Find your board of nursing on-line and give them a call.

If you and other nurses/aides are constantly being sexually harassed, and even afraid of sexual assault or rape–this is a serious matter. Could equal incredibly negative consequences for the facility for not recognizing this behavior or doing anything to stop it. You do have a RIGHT not to be sexually harassed in your workplace. If your employer is doing nothing in this situation, there is a serious problem.

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