2017 ORS 441.181¹
Retaliation prohibited

(1) A hospital may not take retaliatory action against a nursing staff because the nursing staff:

(a) Discloses or intends to disclose to a manager, a private accreditation organization or a public body an activity, policy or practice of the hospital or of a hospital that the nursing staff reasonably believes is in violation of law or a rule or is a violation of professional standards of practice that the nursing staff reasonably believes poses a risk to the health, safety or welfare of a patient or the public;

(b) Provides information to or testifies before a private accreditation organization or a public body conducting an investigation, hearing or inquiry into an alleged violation of law or rule or into an activity, policy or practice that may be in violation of professional standards of practice by a hospital that the nursing staff reasonably believes poses a risk to the health, safety or welfare of a patient or the public;

(c) Objects to or refuses to participate in any activity, policy or practice of a hospital that the nursing staff reasonably believes is in violation of law or rule or is a violation of professional standards of practice that the nursing staff reasonably believes poses a risk to the health, safety or welfare of a patient or the public; or

(d) Participates in a committee or peer review process or files a report or a complaint that discusses allegations of unsafe, dangerous or potentially dangerous care.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the protection against retaliatory action in subsection (1) of this section does not apply to a nursing staff, unless the nursing staff, before making a disclosure to a private accreditation organization or a public body as described in subsection (1)(a) of this section:

(a) Gives written notice to a manager of the hospital of the activity, policy, practice or violation of professional standards of practice that the nursing staff reasonably believes poses a risk to public health; and

(b) Provides the manager a reasonable opportunity to correct the activity, policy, practice or violation.

(3) A nursing staff is not required to comply with the provisions of subsection (2) of this section if the nursing staff:

(a) Is reasonably certain that the activity, policy, practice or violation is known to one or more managers of the hospital or an affiliated hospital and an emergency situation exists;

(b) Reasonably fears physical harm as a result of the disclosure; or

(c) Makes the disclosure to a private accreditation organization or a public body for the purpose of providing evidence of an activity, policy, practice or violation of a hospital or an affiliated hospital that the nursing staff reasonably believes is a crime. [Formerly 441.174]

Note: See note under 441.179 (Definitions for ORS 441.179 to 441.186).

Chapter 441

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Licensing and phantom beds, (1970) Vol 40, p 171; a hospital’s employing a licensed physical therapist as unauthorized practice, (1975) Vol 37, p 963

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 441—Health Care Facilities, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors441.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 441, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano441.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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