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A “no-retaliation” policy makes it clear that reporting improper conduct is a duty of all staff members. It articulates the disciplinary consequences of any effort to punish an employee for carrying out this duty. Hospital leadership must enforce the policy vigorously; otherwise, their assurances to staff members about reporting will lack credibility. Retaliation is just as serious—if not more so—than the original offense. It creates a hostile work environment. Consider the following language from The Medical Staff Leader's Practical Guide for your organization’s no-retaliation policy.
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