Nurse Caught on Tape Dumping Nursing Home Resident Out of Her Wheelchair

A video has been obtained which shows shocking footage of mistreatment by a nurse in a nursing home. In the footage a nurse is seen allegedly dumping an elderly woman in a wheelchair on the floor. It has led to criminal charges filed against the nurse by the attorney general.

The video was recorded by a camera placed to protect patients and staff, by the facility.  The incident happened on March 20, just after 9 p.m. The nurse is seen pushing a medication cart but suddenly leaves the cart and heads to the patient in the wheelchair. The nurse then appears to jerk the chair sharply to the left and the woman, who is 85 years old and suffers from dementia, goes flying to the ground, a fall that broke her hip.

Three minutes passed from the time the patient fell to the time she was assisted by any staff of the facility.  According to the attorney general's complaint, the nurse has admitted to knocking the woman out of the wheelchair and not helping her. The complaint also alleges that she didn't report the incident until another staff member noticed the patient and later lied about it to the nursing home staff.

In a statement, the administrator for the nursing home said: "We remain vigilant in protecting our patients at all times. This was an isolated incident and the newly employed nurse depicted in the report was immediately reported to the authorities...Our video system, which is in place throughout our center, assists us in providing our patients the best treatment and care available."

Among the charges against the nurse are endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person and willful violation of health laws.  She has pleaded not guilty. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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