Nurse Called From Surgery For Pink Slip

Wisconsin health care company announced "immediate" lay offs

By Peggy Cassidy
|  Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009  |  Updated 12:03 PM CDT
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Nurse Called From Surgery For Pink Slip

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The patient never knew.

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A Madison, Wis., nurse was called out of surgery last week so a manager could tell her she was being laid off.

The company for whom she worked, Dean Health Systems, says the surgery was minor and the patient wasn't affected, but the manager who summoned the nurse from surgery violated medical protocol.

Dean Health spokesman Paul Pitas said the incident happened at Dean's West Clinic on Wednesday or Thursday.

An announcement from the the Madison-based health care provider on Wednesday indicated that it planned to "immediately" lay off 90 employees. 

The manager, apparently, acted as "immediately" as possible.

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