How A Nurse Helped Catch A Serial Killer - Her Co-Worker Charles Cullen
- 4Apr 20, '13 by DoGoodThenGoHe was supposed to be an angel of mercy — but he was an angel of death, and likely the most prolific serial killer America has ever seen.
Charles Cullen had most recently been a nurse at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey when he was arrested for killing patients with drug cocktails he secretly administered. He confessed to 40 murders in New Jersey and Pennsylvania — though investigators believe he may have killed as many as 400. He is currently serving 17 life sentences.
- 0Apr 21, '13 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorI had written about Charles Cullen and a handful of other 'killer nurses' several months ago, if anyone is interested or bored enough to read my piece.
- 0Apr 21, '13 by RNewbieDoes anyone know what made the police even suspect him? Don't most hospitals have software that show if you are accessing too many charts of pt's that are not yours? Did the other nurses who worked with him not notice or mention that he barely charted on his own pts? How does someone do this for years without being suspected...
- 0Apr 21, '13 by lmccrn62I worked with Charles Cullen when he worked at Warren Hospital. He ended up being transferred to the ICU after he had a restraining order against him for stalking a nurse he worked with on another floor.
Like I said my time was brief and my recollection of him was "odd". He didn't mingle with the nurses but kept to himself and his patients. He was attentive to them and their families. After I left I then met up with him at Morristown Hospital about a year or do later. He worked in a different unit then I did but was fired within the first year of his employment.
When I saw the story break I knew he was weird but never would of guessed he was capable of such atrocities.
It's unfortunate he wasn't caught sooner.
- 0Apr 22, '13 by DoGoodThenGoQuote from RNewbie"Cullen was largely able to move from facility to facility undetected, experts say, because of lacking reporting requirements and inadequate legal protection for employers. New Jersey and Pennsylvania, like most states, required health care facilities to report suspicious deaths only in the most egregious cases, and penalties for failing to report incidents were minor. Many states did not give investigators the legal authority to discover where a worker had previously been employed. Employers feared to investigate incidents or give a bad employment reference for fear that such actions might trigger a lawsuit. According to detectives and Cullen himself, several hospitals suspected he was harming/killing patients but failed to take appropriate legal actions."Does anyone know what made the police even suspect him? Don't most hospitals have software that show if you are accessing too many charts of pt's that are not yours? Did the other nurses who worked with him not notice or mention that he barely charted on his own pts? How does someone do this for years without being suspected...
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