Nurse Surrenders License Following Abuse of Elderly Nursing Home Residents

A registered nurse recently surrendered her license to practice to the State Education Department after an investigation by the State Office of Medicaid Inspector General. The nurse had verbally and physically abused patients. She forcibly held down a resident while giving care, calling the resident an 'evil witch'," according to the report. Additionally, she told a resident "he had a death wish and was going to die," if he did not take his medication.

The above case shed light on the poor system set up to deal with elder abuse. A report by the Long Term Community Care Coalition (LTCCC) says that in one state, few violations cited led to enforcement actions unless they were "endangerment" violations. the report also reveals 73 percent of the endangerment citations led to sanctions, indicating the seriousness of the violations. However, 17 percent of the endangerment cases have been "pending," and several for from three to five years..

A further ongoing problem for the Department of Health is that staffing is insufficient to the task, and this, unsurprisingly, appears to hinder enforcement. For anyone with loved ones in care facilities, vigilance is necessary to protect your those individuals. If concerns arise over the dare provided, contact the state Department of Health or a private attorney. If Department of Health fails to act quickly enough, an attorney can may have other suggestions to protect the resident from harm. 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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