Nurse Claims Nursing Home Was Understaffed and Cut Corners in Resident Care

A former nurse of a troubled nursing home is speaking out. The nurse said that the company cut corners on patient care every chance they could.  Latricia Hamblin, a licensed practical nurse, worked for seven years at the nursing home. Hamblin said she left the facility when she became concerned she was jeopardizing her nursing license by staying. The facility, she claims, was so short of staff that she was not able to get medicine distributed to patients within the required time frame. She now works at a different nursing home.

The nursing home's publicly traded parent company operates more than 200 facilities nationwide and reported nearly $2 billion in revenue last year. Records from state inspectors  indicate that they cited the facility for more than 40 violations over the past year, including six that placed residents' lives in immediate jeopardy.  Violations included failure to protect residents from abuse, failure to provide pain medications, failure to adequately treat bed sores, failure to provide sufficient staffing and failure to provide supervision to prevent accidents.

Hamblin said that the facility once ran out of feeding tube formula for a patient, and administrators didn't place an order for the correct formula for several days.  According to the inspection report, the home was cited last June for failing to provide nutrition for the patient on the feeding tube. The patient was left in bed for more than 10 hours without food.  Nurses told inspectors that the facility had run out of the formula. 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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