UPenn nurse claims she was terminated for reporting a medical incident

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 8, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A registered nurse is suing a hospital, citing alleged tortious interference and wrongful termination.

Jacqueline Bulboff filed a complaint on Oct. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, alleging violation of the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law and the Pennsylvania Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act.

According to the complaint, between March 30, 2015, and June 4, 2018, during her employment with defendant, Bulboff made a formal Safety Net complaint detailing a medication error made by another nurse in order to prevent any such error from occurring in the future. 

Plaintiff claims she complied with Pennsylvania law and the Nursing Code of Ethics by reporting the incident, but defendant allegedly did not investigate the complaint. Furthermore, defendant allegedly dismissed the report, began treating plaintiff less favorably and made false allegations to terminate her employment. 

The plaintiff holds Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania responsible for alleged unlawful termination of plaintiff because she refused to violate Pennsylvania Law regulations and to protect the public welfare and the patients in its care.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for wage loss, punitive damages, attorneys' fees, costs, pre and post-judgment interest, and such relief as deemed proper. She is represented by David Koller and Sarah Lavelle of Koller Law in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:18-cv-04532-CDJ.

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