Nurse Sentenced To Prison For Overmedicating Nursing Home Patients to Keep Them Quiet

According to court documents, a former director of nursing at one nursing home was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for inappropriately medicating elderly patients at the facility.  The State Department of Justice brought allegations that the 59-year-old nurse ordered the director of pharmacy to write orders for psychotropic medication for 23 patients who did not need the medicine.

The facility was first investigated after an ombudsman reported that a patient at the facility had been held down and injected with the drugs. Officials say the drugs were given to dementia patients because they were noisy, wandered the facility, or complained. Investigators determined that the unnecessary medications were factors in three deaths at the facility. The medical director who signed the order's was sentenced last year to community service. The chief executive officer of the facility also received probation and community service. 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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