Quote from FlyingScot
Yep. Leave now! Find a new job. Get on with your life. If your DON suspended you without even giving you a chance to talk it's only going to get worse because she obviously thinks this resident has a case. You will be under a cloud of suspicion for a very long time and that is not a comfortable place to be. Sorry if I sound negative but all you have to do is read the archives about being fired on this site to see that the hand-writing is on the wall. Even if you don't get fired all it will take is another complaint and it starts all over again. It won't even matter if the complaints are legit or not. Good luck!
unfortunately, this happens much too often.
even if mgmt/don/admin thinks the resident is lying, they have to err on the side of caution.
a resident's rights will always prevail over the character/integrity of a nurse.
by law, the state mandates an automatic suspension whenever abuse is alleged.
i agree about getting yourself a lawyer, and asap.
do not discuss this with anyone at work.
and refuse to take care of this pt ever again.
if you must, bring an assistant or another nurse along w/you.
i wish you the very best.