New Legislation Protects Nurse Whistleblowers

Law360, New York (March 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed a measure Thursday that will purportedly protect health care workers against retaliation for disclosing patient-safety concerns.

The Health Care Worker Whistle-Blower Bill, as the legislation is called, makes it illegal for Colorado hospitals to fire nurses and other caregivers for reporting medical safety issues.

State Rep. Morgan Carroll and state Sen. Bob Hagedorn originally proposed the bill five years ago, but it remained stalled in the legislature before passing last year. However, former Gov. Bill Owens vetoed the bill at the...
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