Nurse's Aide Admits Striking Nursing Home Patient on Buttocks; Banned From Facilities for Five Years

A 40-year-old nurse's assistant admitted Friday she abused a patient at the nursing home where she worked.

She admitted that she struck a patient's buttocks. The patient was bruised and “visibly shaken by the event,” but “wasn’t seriously injured physically,” according to the prosecuting attorney.

The nursing home's administrator, said that the aide was dismissed from the center about a year ago.

The aide's name will be added to a registry prohibiting her from working at any care facility which accepts Medicaid for at least five years.

“Providing care to the elderly, mentally handicapped, and even children can be very demanding and at times difficult work,” said the attorney general. “It takes a special person to work in this field: Someone with lots of patience and self control. It is best to know and understand your limitations before working with this population, because once you’ve raised your hand in anger or frustration to one of these vulnerable individuals it becomes a crime, and one this office will prosecute you for committing.” For more, read the story.

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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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