Nurse to Stand Trial For Fracturing Nursing Home Resident's Arm

A nurse accused of fracturing the arm of an 82-year-old nursing home resident and injuring another waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week. The 31-year-old nurse is charged with felony abuse of a resident resulting in physical harm or great psychological harm and misdemeanor abuse of a resident.

Police arrested the nurse on April 20 after investigating the allegations that he grabbed two different residents forcefully by their arms causing injury. The allegations were brought to police by the wife of a resident. The 82-year-old woman suffered a fracture on her right forearm, several bruises on her right wrist and a swollen thumb, according to police records.

A facility housekeeper told police she heard the nurse yelling at both women on separate occasions. In a phone interview with police, the nurse said he was defending himself against a resident who tried to hit him and that he gently carried the women to her room so she could calm down, according to police records. The employee has been fired by the facility and will be scheduled to appear for an arraignment in district court. 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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