Is it just me or does the possibility of 60 years in prison seem a bit harsh for negligence under these circumstances. If you wonder what I am talking about read the Nurse Aid charged with drowning article posted to the your left of home under News. From what they say mistakes where made but a system that leaves six severly disabled people alone with one NA has to be just as quilty as the the person who left victim in the tub. Lets face it folks OJ is out there walking around.
Link to article inserted by brian: https://allnurses.com/news/jump.cgi?ID=698
Nov 2, '01
ok, three for a few minutes on a really busy night- but don't ask me to do four...
we all know it's been done. most times it's ok, but there for the grace of god go i. wish healthcare would come to it's senses.
Last edit by canoehead on Nov 2, '01
Nov 2, '01
Oramar, this isn't like a civil case where the doctrine of respondeant superior comes into play. This NA is being personally charged with a criminal action, hence the jail time. It doesn't look like the Assisted Living facility is also being charged. (This doesn't mean that the family of the patient isn't hitting them with a civil suit.- money damages, not jail time) The facility will NOT be the one providing her with an attorney. She is on her own! She is being charged with a felony! That's why this is so appalling. Notice in the bottom of the article where it says "Smith and HER Attorney." This is the State of Wisconsin vs. Little ole nurse's aide. Although there doesn't appear to have been any actual nurse on the premises, so I am not sure what nurse she was aiding.
You rarely get health care workers charged criminally like this. It usually is something very horrifying and intentional. These kinds of cases seem to be popping-up more often. It is not a good thing to see!! Who is going to want to be a nurse if they have to worry about being thrown in jail for 60 years for making an unintentional mistake. The state has already barred her from working in a state regulated healthcare facility again, that should be punishment enough.
Nurses in Wisconsin should be in an uproar about this!!
Last edit by fiestynurse on Nov 9, '01