Nurse Faces Criminal Charges After Resident Died of Neglect

A judge has decided that an elder abuse case against a former head nurse at a nursing home will advance to trial. According to investigators, the 77-year-old resident was supposed to have her bowel activity constantly monitored. Instead, she was not sufficiently monitored and died of fecal impaction in 2008 after 13 days at the facility. The state contends that the resident had a history of constipation which the facility ignored. Another nurse at the facility also testified that the head nurse refused to admit the woman to the hospital despite her declining condition.

This week a judge heard the parties' motions and ordered a trial for 58-year-old registered nurse. The nurse was one of two nurses charged in the woman's death. Prosecutors say the other nurse involved agreed to plead no contest to felony elder abuse in exchange for a possible suspended jail sentence and her willingness to help prosecutors in the case of the head nurse. 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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