NYC Woman Accused of Attempting To Have Doctors & Nurses Murdered

  1. 1 STATEN ISLAND, N.Y -- Inconsolable for months over her father's death, Port Richmond resident Morena Costello met last Thursday in the borough with a man she believed was a murderer for hire, prosecutors allege.



    http://www.silive.com/northshore/ind...ccused_of.html
  2. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page

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    From 'La Pomme Grand - NY'; Joined Jul '09; Posts: 3,887; Likes: 4,832.

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  3. Visit  shoegalRN profile page
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    I can NOT believe some of the comments left on this article.

    Some people are trying to rationalize this sick woman hiring a hit man to kill those doctors and nurses.

    We have a long way to go to educate the public.......
    DizzyLizzyNurse, Lexi86, Zookeeper3, and 1 other like this.
  4. Visit  elprup profile page
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    Quote from afrocentricRN
    I can NOT believe some of the comments left on this article.

    Some people are trying to rationalize this sick woman hiring a hit man to kill those doctors and nurses.

    We have a long way to go to educate the public.......
    I agree. We all have to step up and educate.
  5. Visit  Kooky Korky profile page
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    Terribly frightening.
  6. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Staten Island is a whole world unto itself sometimes, even by New York City standards. One feels able to safely say this as a native born and raised *Staten Islander*, with plenty of family still living there.

    There have been some *grumbles* about care at both of the Island's hospitals (there are only two), Staten Island University, and Richmond University Medical Center (formerly St. Vincent's of Staten Island), indeed noise and misgivings about many other healthcare facilities on the Island ranging from nursing homes to LTC and so forth.

    Being as this may, it does not surprise me that someone would go to such lengths to settle a score. There is no such thing as the Italian Mafia (so the natives will say), but this woman is not the first to try and hire a hit man and get caught recently. OTHO there have been other "hits* as defined by the NYPD, which have gone through. Usually the persons who get caught just do not know the right persons to speak with, and or have the proper amount of funds. It could also be those who could do such things turned the job down for their own reasons.

    While the natives hate to agree, watch the program "Jersey Shore", on HBO (the star "The Situation" was born and raised on SI), there is more truth than lies.
  7. Visit  Altra profile page
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    I've already had my language edited once today on this site, so I'm trying hard to think of the appropriate exclamation ...

    SHEESH! (that should be a safe one)

    Ability to cope! Of all the things about our culture that I could take issue with, this is possibly the one thing that bothers me the most -- no one seems to have any coping skills any more. What has happened that so many lack understanding that

    1. Human mortality has always been, and will forever more be, 100%.
    2. Unexpected things, even terrible things, can and do happen. Life is not predictable.

    IMO, that lack of ability to cope is what underlies bad behavior by patients and visitors, unrealistic expectations and continuation of aggressive, invasive, painful and futile interventions.
  8. Visit  Angie O'Plasty, RN profile page
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    Quote from elprup
    I agree. We all have to step up and educate.
    I agree, but I'll go a step further to say that the root of this problem could very well lie in staffing. No one has time to educate effectively any more because the hospital systems are geared to a "get 'em in and get 'em out" mentality. At the same time, we're trying to educate people who are under an extreme amount of stress to understand processes and procdures that took us years of education and experience to understand.

    Expect to see more of this type of response unless some changes are made.
    nursbrooklyn, mandyc, cherryames1949, and 1 other like this.
  9. Visit  MsQueensRN profile page
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    This is truly scary. What is even scarier is the amount of people who agree with taking out revenge on nurses and doctors. I was on facebook a week ago and saw many threads full of people's violent wishes to do harm to nurses in nursing homes and doctors in cancer facilities. There are very few people willing to accept that perhaps a patient's death was just a natural part of life. Modern medicine lets people believe that they will go on living forever despite whatever combination of disease processes are going on. I understand that death and grieving are difficult processes, but it seems that with all the machinery and medications being pushed nowadays no one is preparing themselves for the reality.
  10. Visit  PostOpPrincess profile page
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    Quote from altra
    i've already had my language edited once today on this site, so i'm trying hard to think of the appropriate exclamation ...

    sheesh! (that should be a safe one)

    ability to cope! of all the things about our culture that i could take issue with, this is possibly the one thing that bothers me the most -- no one seems to have any coping skills any more. what has happened that so many lack understanding that

    1. human mortality has always been, and will forever more be, 100%.
    2. unexpected things, even terrible things, can and do happen. life is not predictable.

    imo, that lack of ability to cope is what underlies bad behavior by patients and visitors, unrealistic expectations and continuation of aggressive, invasive, painful and futile interventions.
    you forgot the ability to think.

    people are stupid. they can't help it. stupid is as stupid does.
    AtomicWoman and canigraduate like this.
  11. Visit  General E. Speaking, RN profile page
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    Some of those grieving family members had unrealistic expecations. I read all the comments and it was scary. They really have no idea how sick their family members are and what the complications are. I wish the doctors would answer "because they are old and sick and unfortunately their body is wearing out" to the questions of "How come this happened?"

    I think the numerous "medical" shows on tv do not help either. I wish they had more documentaries like "Boston Med" on tv. Especially the episodes that show less than favorable outcomes. It happens.
  12. Visit  mandyc profile page
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    I agree completely that the public does need education. I can say from experience that my views on hospitals and life in general have changed since I have become a nurse, and certainly not in a BAD way, but just a different way of looking at things. I had an instructor at school tell me "Some of our best successes are our worst failures" It took me a bit to understand what she was meaning, until I started working as a nurse. Sometimes we PRAY that patients will go swiftly in their sleep so that their suffering will end, while family members PRAY for the life to be spared of their loved one. It is human nature, certainly not “STUPIDITY”. It is compassionate to believe both ways! However, no one wants the life of a loved one to be taken. I do not condone what the patient’s daughter did or tried to do, and maybe at that point all the education in the world might not have changed the outcome, but grief and anger can make the most realistic and reasonable person very unrealistic and unreasonable, to the point of taking drastic measures. Someone does not need to have underlying issues to FLIP and if we had ALL the capabilities of “Coping” there would be no such thing as PTSD, which we know to be true. Who is to say that what one person can handle another person should too. The mind is too complex to make such a generalized statement! How very scary for the staff on the receiving end!
  13. Visit  babyNP. profile page
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    What is terrifying is when you read about other folks' stories of their dead loved ones on the article and they talk about all the medical issues that their loved one had and then talk about how they can't understand why they died and it must've been the hospital's fault, yadda yadda. But COME ON, are you actually reading what you wrote? How long do you THINK a 75 year old with complete kidney dialysis, flooded lungs, heart surgery etc etc is going to survive? I know your mom is dead and you're sad. But we're not magic workers.

    I see this trend even with friends of mine who aren't in the health care field as I tell them more than once that a NP is completely different from a RN.

    I don't know how to combat this ignorance. It's scary.
  14. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    From reading most of the posts, it seems many come from persons >30 who probably remember healthcare, or at least medical/hospital care on Staten Island from another time.

    Much of their "angst" and "gripes" seem to be centered on loved ones going into hospital with one diagnosis, then developing several more whilst there, including bed sores and hospital aquired infections. What also seems an issue is how patients/their loved ones could and or were discharged in such a condition, only to to be readmitted a few weeks/days later, or died at home.

    As for the doctors on Staten Island who staff the main hospitals, many have offices in Manhattan and or elsewhere in NYC, so don't see reason for bitterness towards "Staten Island doctors".

    Also do not understand the constant moaning about a lack of a NYC run hospital on SI. I mean what is that doing to do? Are suddenly all the "poor" and otherwise "underserving" patients on the Island going to migrate over to a HHC run facility and take the "bad" doctors and nursing staff with them?

    The comment by one poster about the need to "always have family at the hospital" or the patient is somehow done for is also *very* SI. My family and most everyone else's I know there think the same way.


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