Nurse Claims She Was Fired for Reporting Abuse at Nursing Home

A nurse who came forward last week claims she was fired from a nursing home for reporting what she believed to be abuse inside the facility. The nurse says she contacted state officials about an incident last fall regarding a 90-year-old resident who was left alone in her room screaming and crying for assistance to use the bathroom. When no one responded, the resident climbed out of bed, over four bed rails, into a wheelchair. Fortunately the resident was not injured, but the nurse felt the incident could have had serious consequences.

The nurse now claims that she was fired for contacting the state regarding the incident. The facility responded by saying she was fired for a history of policy infractions. Following the incident, the facility also retrained staff and disciplined a nurse aide involved. The nurse who was fired plans to file a whistleblower lawsuit. 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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