Nevada Professions, Occupations and Businesses

Sec. § 630.415
Physician or agent or employee thereof prohibited from retaliating or discriminating against certain persons for reporting or participating in investigation or proceeding relating to sentinel event or conduct of physician or other persons or refusing to engage in unlawful conduct; restriction of right prohibited.


1.

A physician or any agent or employee thereof shall not retaliate or discriminate unfairly against:

(a)

An employee of the physician or a person acting on behalf of the employee who in good faith:

(1)

Reports to the Board of Medical Examiners information relating to the conduct of the physician which may constitute grounds for initiating disciplinary action against the physician or which otherwise raises a reasonable question regarding the competence of the physician to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients; or

(2)

Reports a sentinel event to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to NRS 439.835;

(b)

A registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certified who is employed by or contracts to provide nursing services for the physician and who:

(1)

In good faith, reports to the physician, the Board of Medical Examiners, the State Board of Nursing, the Legislature or any committee thereof or any other governmental entity:
(I) Any information concerning the willful conduct of another registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certified which violates any provision of chapter 632 of NRS or which is required to be reported to the State Board of Nursing;
(II) Any concerns regarding patients who may be exposed to a substantial risk of harm as a result of the failure of the physician or any agent or employee thereof to comply with minimum professional or accreditation standards or applicable statutory or regulatory requirements; or
(III) Any other concerns regarding the physician, the agents and employees thereof or any situation that reasonably could result in harm to patients; or

(2)

Refuses to engage in conduct that would violate the duty of the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certified to protect patients from actual or potential harm, including, without limitation, conduct which would violate any provision of chapter 632 of NRS or which would subject the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certified to disciplinary action by the State Board of Nursing; or

(c)

An employee of the physician, a person acting on behalf of the employee or a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certified who is employed by or contracts to provide nursing services for the physician and who cooperates or otherwise participates in an investigation or proceeding conducted by the Board of Medical Examiners or another governmental entity relating to conduct described in paragraph (a) or (b).

2.

A physician or any agent or employee thereof shall not retaliate or discriminate unfairly against an employee of the physician or a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certificate who is employed by or contracts to provide nursing services for the physician because the employee, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certified has taken an action described in subsection 1.

3.

A physician or any agent or employee thereof shall not prohibit, restrict or attempt to prohibit or restrict by contract, policy, procedure or any other manner the right of an employee of the physician or a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certified who is employed by or contracts to provide nursing services for the physician to take an action described in subsection 1.

4.

As used in this section:

(a)

“Good faith” means honesty in fact in the reporting of the information or in the cooperation of the investigation concerned.

(b)

“Retaliate or discriminate”:

(1)

Includes, without limitation, any of the following actions if taken solely because the employee, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant or medication aide - certified took an action described in subsection 1:
(I) Frequent or undesirable changes in the location where the person works;
(II) Frequent or undesirable transfers or reassignments;
(III) The issuance of letters of reprimand, letters of admonition or evaluations of poor performance;
(IV) A demotion;
(V) A reduction in pay;
(VI) The denial of a promotion;
(VII) A suspension;
(VIII) A dismissal;
(IX) A transfer; or
(X) Frequent changes in working hours or workdays.

(2)

Does not include an action described in sub-subparagraphs (I) to (X), inclusive, of subparagraph (1) if the action is taken in the normal course of employment or as a form of discipline.
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Feb. 5, 2021