Nurse's Aide Fired After Biting Combative Resident

A nurses aide has been fired after biting a combative nursing home resident on the head. Allegedly, the aide was assisting a female resident on the toilet when the resident because combative. The resident bit the aide on the arm and for roughly a minute she would not release her bite. The aide, then bit the resident in response, which was witnessed by another employee.

 The aide said that she did not bite the resident, but passed out from the pain of being bitten, and may have struck the resident with her teeth. However, a medical assessment of the resident confirmed that her wounds were consistent with being bitten.

An administrative law judge handling the case said he sympathized with the aide, but felt it is never acceptable to bite a patient. The judge recommended that the nurse be added to the Nurse's Aide Registry, which would bar her from further work in a nursing home. 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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