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A nurse obtained temporary employment with a hospital through a referral agency. The hospital called the agency and requested that, in the future, it no longer assign the nurse to the hospital. In response to the agency’s request for a reason, the hospital sent a letter to the referral agency stating that significant amounts of narcotics had disappeared during the nurse’s shifts in the hospital. Only the nurse and a few trusted full-time staff members had access to the narcotics when they went missing. It was later discovered that a doctor, not the nurse, had taken the narcotics.

In a defamation action brought by the nurse against the hospital, will the nurse prevail?

  1. Yes, because the hospital accused the nurse of improper professional conduct.

  2. Yes, because the nurse did not take the narcotics.

  3. No, because the narcotics disappeared during the nurse’s shifts.

  4. No, because the hospital reasonably believed that the nurse took the narcotics.

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Mike Ogunmiluyi

Mike Ogunmiluyi is PhD student in international law and human rights law. His thesis examines the legitimacy of the World Bank's Inspection Panel as a judicial entity of sorts.