I need info asap!
I work in Minnesota, long-term care. A couple of days ago a resident told me an aide had slapped her. I was livid. This resident is a severly dysphasic stroke pt who can move only her arms and head, both to a limited degree. Her mind, however, is clear. Although her speech is very garbled she can and does enunciate some words clearly and I could CLEARLY hear, "Aide, nasty, and mean" being spoken. The gist of it was that an aide (the resident also clearly spoke the aide's name) had "slapped my hands" during a care-giving session.
This particular aide is not one of my favorites. She's bossy and disrespectful to staff and residents alike. She's in instigator of dissent, always negative and ******. In short, a KnowItAll. On the plus side, she's a hard worker and very reliable but I've often wondered, if she's as tactless and harsh with the residents in front of the staff, what's she like when no one is around. Now I know.
I did not seek out the confidence from the resident, she freely volunteered, although if I'd suspected the aide was being physically abusive I would have started asking questions. As it was, I didn't need to.
I wrote a letter to the DON and quoted verbatim what I'd been told. The DON pulled the aide off that wing but she's still working here (as of last Friday) and I'm on again today, hoping like hell she won't be there. I understand that she put in her notice recently and hope she follows through.
What I'm wondering is, what are the legal repercussions of this? Is the DON (who went to the resident and verified what I'd been told) obligated to fire her?
I'd sure appreciate any info anyone has with an experience like this. I'm fairly new to this facility and the this scenario.
Feedback would sure be appreciated...