Patient abuse caught on hidden camera...Shocking!!!!

  1. 6 This is just shocking!

    Watching the video, its hard to watch certified individuals treating a client so horribly...

    http://www.woio.com/Global/story.asp?S=15132394
  2. Visit  ohioSICUrn profile page

    About ohioSICUrn, BSN, RN

    27 Years Old; Joined Mar '09; Posts: 531; Likes: 1,328.

    121 Comments so far...

  3. Visit  Daisy_08 profile page
    11
    I just felt like running into my LTC job and hugging all my rt's!

    Thats awful, they should get a lot more then fired
    sweetnurse63, Marina_RN, KristeyK, and 8 others like this.
  4. Visit  cobee profile page
    11
    Stories like this make me cringe. These losers are the reason why some people are reluctant to put their loved ones in nursing homes. I hope they get what karmas got for them.

    Also, shame on the nursing home for forcing the son to remove the camera. Obviously they did not know this was going on (or did they?). I'd want the camera around to see if conditions improve, and I would encourage the other residents to get cameras too because they were most likely abusing other residents too.
    Marina_RN, pinkchris2000, llaura, and 8 others like this.
  5. Visit  CBsMommy profile page
    3
    How could someone treat another person that badly? How would the healthcare workers like to be treated like that when they are 78 and defenseless?

    That's just too sad for words.
    tokmom, Mrs. SnowStormRN, and MTRN13 like this.
  6. Visit  Havin' A Party! profile page
    7
    Our facility allows cameras in resident rooms. Only one is in operation.

    The abuse captured on the video merits jail time IMHO.
  7. Visit  graykitty profile page
    14
    I agree, jail time. Hopefully with background checks done, those workers will never be able to "care for" another person ever again. Kudos to the son for placing the camera to try & keep his mother safe.
  8. Visit  katnursey profile page
    6
    That poor defenseless woman being abused like that is sickening. My heart goes out to her and her son. If they were abusing her, then they were surely abusing others. The elderly have a right to be treated with respect and dignity.....actually any patient does. Watching that video made me sick. I certainly hope they get more than a slap on the wrist.

    Gosh, now it is coming down to having hidden cameras in nursing home rooms to protect our family members.
    Jessy_RN, graykitty, ipsuelpn, and 3 others like this.
  9. Visit  kukula profile page
    15
    After passing my NCLEX last April and looking for a job, I got a call from a LTC facility. Although I was ecstatic, I too had some reservations because of the horror stories I heard from my wife (a long time RN) and from friends. I only worked for 3 days in that facility and quitted. And for exactly the same reason. They were abusing the patients. The setting is like there was my perceptor, who was also an RN, and me, and 4 CNA in the floor. Between all of us we have 40 patients. Right from the get go I immediately sensed something is very wrong. When the med nurse started giving 10am meds to 40 patients at 9am and done by 10am, I was shocked. I couldnt believe that she could have given ALL her patients ALL their medications in such a short time. Following her around the next day, I found out that she wasnt actually giving them ALL thier meds. When I confronted her about it, the nurse was "Forget all about what they told you in nursing school. Welcome to the real world". And the nurse followed this up with a tip that "start your meds with the A&O X3 patients coz they can complain. The rest u can skip their meds since they are demented anyway and wont know". I was horrified. During lunch, I helped in feeding one of the patient. I was shocked to see how the CNAs were feeding their patients. One of them was holding this 80 year old lady by the chin, force opening her mouth and quite literally draning the contents of her food down her throat. The poor lady was in so much discomfort and pain that tears were rolling down her cheek as she was being fed. I told the CNA, gently, that can u pls do it slowly? She snapped at me and said cant u see how many more patients I need to feed? Youre new here, you will learn. Well, after my shift that day, I went home and never came back. They called and called me to come back but I just couldnt. Its not just about me probably losing my license in that kind of practice. Its more of I dont want to be a part of that system. It just goes against everything I learned as a RN, and as a human being.
  10. Visit  katnursey profile page
    10
    Quote from kukula
    After passing my NCLEX last April and looking for a job, I got a call from a LTC facility. Although I was ecstatic, I too had some reservations because of the horror stories I heard from my wife (a long time RN) and from friends. I only worked for 3 days in that facility and quitted. And for exactly the same reason. They were abusing the patients. The setting is like there was my perceptor, who was also an RN, and me, and 4 CNA in the floor. Between all of us we have 40 patients. Right from the get go I immediately sensed something is very wrong. When the med nurse started giving 10am meds to 40 patients at 9am and done by 10am, I was shocked. I couldnt believe that she could have given ALL her patients ALL their medications in such a short time. Following her around the next day, I found out that she wasnt actually giving them ALL thier meds. When I confronted her about it, the nurse was "Forget all about what they told you in nursing school. Welcome to the real world". And the nurse followed this up with a tip that "start your meds with the A&O X3 patients coz they can complain. The rest u can skip their meds since they are demented anyway and wont know". I was horrified. During lunch, I helped in feeding one of the patient. I was shocked to see how the CNAs were feeding their patients. One of them was holding this 80 year old lady by the chin, force opening her mouth and quite literally draning the contents of her food down her throat. The poor lady was in so much discomfort and pain that tears were rolling down her cheek as she was being fed. I told the CNA, gently, that can u pls do it slowly? She snapped at me and said cant u see how many more patients I need to feed? Youre new here, you will learn. Well, after my shift that day, I went home and never came back. They called and called me to come back but I just couldnt. Its not just about me probably losing my license in that kind of practice. Its more of I dont want to be a part of that system. It just goes against everything I learned as a RN, and as a human being.
    Your post reminded me when I worked at a LTC facility years ago. Every facility has the nurse (s) who can get a med pass done in an hour, which normally takes the rest of us at least 2 1/2 hrs. I clearly remember the administrator talking to us about our time management skills. He informed us we needed to manage our time better after some of us complained about not having time to even take a 10 minute break. This was the same facility, I reported for patient abuse after it got swept under the carpet. I told a aide to punch out and leave the premises, after I observed him pouring ice water down a confused elderly man's back. The patient kept asking for his ice water, which he had in front of him. The aide poured it down his back and told him, "there is your ice water, now shut up." The man started to cry. The other nurse just ignored what was going on, although this patient was on her team. I made sure I documented the incident thoroughly, because this WAS abuse and this aide was less than a year away from graduating from RN school. We DO NOT need nurses like this! He was terminated by the DON, but brought back by the administrator who he was friends with. Was I shocked? Not in the least bit. I could be off for 2 days and come back to find my same dated/initialed DSGs stuck on patients, which I reported to the DON. The documentation about the DSG change and wound description the other nurse wrote was wonderful.....too bad the documentation was made up. Every time the new DON would try to take action, it got over turned by the owner/administrator. His excuse for allowing the aide to come back after pouring ice water down the patient's back was "it was not really what I would call physical abuse......more like bad judgement."
    Last edit by katnursey on Jul 23, '11
  11. Visit  Mrs. SnowStormRN profile page
    10
    OMG! This was horrific! Screw getting the camera out of there, GET YOUR MOM OUT OF THERE!!! This is what makes nursing homes look bad, I'm in shock right now.
    Jessy_RN, Jen{NAR}, demylenated, and 7 others like this.
  12. Visit  suzieqlpn profile page
    2
    I am absolutely appalled that this happened to this poor woman! How can those people live with themselves!!!! Horrible! I hope those Nurses Aides are never able to come into contact with the elderly. Why suspend anyone involved? And I am sorry, if you knew it was going on then you are just as guilty--welcome to unemployment without benefits! You were right very difficult to watch.
    ipsuelpn and LTCangel like this.
  13. Visit  stefanyjoy profile page
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    That video was shocking. I don't understand why the son still has this mother there -- in the video, aids were watching each other abuse patients with no reaction. It's obviously an accepted practice among the entire staff of the home and not isolated to a few CNA's or this one patient. That place should be shut down.
  14. Visit  katnursey profile page
    1
    I am not understanding why the aide who watched and knew of the abuse was only disciplined, but NOT terminated?! That sends a message that it is OK to watch and know of abuse. Come on MetroHealth you can do better than this.

    http://www.wkyc.com/video/default.as...tvideo|article
    LockportRN likes this.

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