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Illegal Baker Act

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#1
I live in Florida and I used to work at a internal medicine dr office and this past June one of the ARNPs' decided to Baker Act which I felt was very unprofessional. It is a story with alot of details but my main question is was the Baker Act legal if the ARNP does not have a master's or a doctorate in psychiatric nursing and if not, is there anything I can do about it? The ARNP signed the Baker Act. The doctor of the office was not in that day. He was at home sick. I was taken away for 2 days away from my children. I have worked at this office for over a year and vented to these people about the stress in my life and they turn around and Baker Act me simply for having a bad day. I have looked up the criteria for Baker Act and I did not meet it all. They have since then locked my patient chart but not before i printed all my office notes. They locked my chart once I told them that I would not be seen as a patient there anymore. Tensions have been high since then and I no longer work at the office. Is there any legal action i can take for emotional & mental distress? They knew my financial situation and decided that it was necessary to take me away from my children for 2 days.
 


Just Blue

Senior Member
#2
I live in Florida and I used to work at a internal medicine dr office and this past June one of the ARNPs' decided to Baker Act which I felt was very unprofessional. It is a story with alot of details but my main question is was the Baker Act legal if the ARNP does not have a master's or a doctorate in psychiatric nursing and if not, is there anything I can do about it? The ARNP signed the Baker Act. The doctor of the office was not in that day. He was at home sick. I was taken away for 2 days away from my children. I have worked at this office for over a year and vented to these people about the stress in my life and they turn around and Baker Act me simply for having a bad day. I have looked up the criteria for Baker Act and I did not meet it all. They have since then locked my patient chart but not before i printed all my office notes. They locked my chart once I told them that I would not be seen as a patient there anymore. Tensions have been high since then and I no longer work at the office. Is there any legal action i can take for emotional & mental distress? They knew my financial situation and decided that it was necessary to take me away from my children for 2 days.
Please clarify; "vented to these people about the stress in my life".

What was said during your "vent"?
 

quincy

Senior Member
#3
An ARNP is a licensed nurse.

Did the police take you to the hospital for an evaluation? Were they able to confirm the nurse's belief that you presented as a danger to yourself or others?

I see no legal action for you to pursue against anyone based on the information you have provided.
 
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