Nurse accused of punishing elderly patient who wet herself (UK) - page 3

Nurse 'shouted at elderly woman and stripped her naked in full view of other patients because she'd wet herself' Source: Daily Mail... Read More

  1. by   Scrubby
    It really disgusts me how people can treat the vulnerable. I get so angry when I hear about these things. I had to stop working as a carer because of the treatment I saw at the nursing home.

    The 'golden boy' (a PCA whose mother was the clinical nurse consultant) actually stood on the thighs to restrain a thrashing incontinent man. This patient did not like male carers toileting him. I said to him that I would clean this man because he doesn't like males and the golden boy just ignored me. I was just dumbstruck and yelled at him to get off the patient and ran to get the RN. The patient sustained heavy bruising. This was reported but nothing happened.

    Another time one of our residents with dementia fell. He wanted to get her up and I told him to leave her, she may have injuries and needs to be assessed. As I ran to the phone he hoisted her up by lifting under her shoulders. It turns out later that she had a broken arm. Whether this was caused by the golden boy or was already broken I don't know, but I'm sure his rough treatment didn't help. I reported this but nothing was done about it.

    On Christmas they take the female residents with dementia to the hairdressers (on site) and physically restrain them to have their upper lips waxed. I had no idea until I was asked to restrain the the hairdresser. I informed her that physical restrain needs a doctors order and what your asking me to do is illegal. She just stared at me blankly and said that it's better for the families at Christmas not to see ugly facial hair. I informed the DON and of course nothing happened.

    On my last day in this place (I had a better job already lined up so I didnt care) the golden boys mother heard me complaining about the state of the place to another carer and she took me aside to have a go at me. I basically told her that you need to control your abusive son before you lecture other people.

    I reported this to the aged care advocate service. I did it anonymously and hope that something was done about it. In future if I ever see abuse I will not stop at simply informing the DON. I will treat it as assault and battery and will be informing the police.

    I really worry about my mother who is going to be 80 in a few years. If she has to go into a home I'm going to make sure that the DON and every carer in that place are aware that my mother has an RN daughter who is going to be making sure that their mother will be treated with dignity and respect.
  2. by   *guest*
    This is really sad and another reason why I wanted to get into Geriatrics.
    I have always really loved older people...and could never understand why
    so much of the abuse goes on in this field. Nor could I understand why
    nursing homes are least desired for employment.

    I know most nurses are not like this...but it saddens me to think that there
    are some that are so cruel . If you are bitter and don't like your job, don't
    work there. There are people like me who love elderly people and see a nursing
    position, with them, as a divine opportunity.

    This post reminds me of why I am getting into nursing as well.
    I want to be able to take care of my parents when they are older.
    They will never go to a nursing home.
  3. by   asoonernurse
    Quote from leslie :-D
    my adolescent reaction would be to meet her in a back alley.:angryfire


    Count me in, Les. :angryfire
  4. by   dhinson45
    This patient could have very easily slipped, fell and died from this neglect/abuse. Strip lic. and file charges for actions= prison time, I hope she is a small pretty woman, as they have VERY LARGE wemon in prison that would love to deal with her. I have been a prison nurse and aware of inner behavor for such ,as all prisoners have moms and grandmothers.
  5. by   augiebear
    it is so disgusting how patients are mistreated, especially in LTC. Here in Hawaii, a CNA was accused and convicted of pinching 3 elderly womens nipples while undressing and dressing them. After he would do that he would laugh at them and I guess he figured they couldn't tell or no one would believe them because they suffered from dementia. The judge made an example out of him and sentenced him to 4 yrs!! In another facility where I was working as a private caregiver, the CNA's would constantly harrass and get their laughs from the patients(it was the memory floor). One CNA told a patient that a particular patient was pregnant from her husband. They constantly broke rules and laws, like when they were making trouble to patients and the patients asked to see someone else, they just laughed.Or patients said they want to make a complaint they would say ok, so and so was coming, but no one was notified and the CNA's figure they can do this because the patient wont remember. Once when the LPN was passing meds, a patient asked what it was and the LPN told him something false and the patient knew and demanded to know what is was and the LPN refused to tell him and told him just take it! Another time no one was watching a patient in the dining room and she fell so hard and hit her head on a counter ledge, a CNA told this same LPN what happened and she said, oh no she always sits on the ground, I had to tell her, "NO, she fell hard and hit her head!!" some people are just disgusting and this lady in this post should not only be stripped of her license but thrown in jail!!
  6. by   RedSox33RN
    Absolutely horrible.....I want to cry reading about that poor woman, and think about all the residents that witnessed this horror, who may believe that they will be treated with the same indignity and disrespect as this woman. That nurse should have more than her license revoked.
  7. by   dhinson45
    Like I said before, stip the lic, press charges and send to prison. Hopeflly she is a small pretty woman as there are some VERY large wemon in the prison setting and having been a prison nurse, well aware of their codes, they have mothers and grandmothers too. This goes for ANY person guilty of neglect to abuse. Do not tolerate it, PERIOD!
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from heron
    Slightly OT ... Cyndi, your posts are very hard to read through ... paragraph breaks are your friend.

    Those of us with old eyes have a very hard time with long unbroken blocks of single-spaced text.

    I am feeling the same way. You are making some excellent points but with no paragraphs, this is VERY difficult to read. Please break it up with paragraphs for better communication and interaction.:spin:
  9. by   djd7101986
    Her license should be torched. That is terrible. Not only is she spitting on that poor woman but also the values and ideals that make up nursing. What a b*tch.
  10. by   %63theend
    This case makes me think about what if the elderly woman were my mother? I would be LIVID if someone treated her that way! If the case is true I would want more than her license. I'd want jail time!
  11. by   MaritesaRN
    Quote from blue note
    Nurse 'shouted at elderly woman and stripped her naked in full view of other patients because she'd wet herself'
    Source: Daily Mail

    Nurses like this should not and should never work w/ the elderly. the elderly are in a sensitive phase wherein the integrity is the issue of this population. If that place is understaffed , then one must leave for this is in conflict w/ good care ! We should have a staffing ratio regulation in this places also.
  12. by   chocokat79
    That nurse probable treats or treated her elderly mother or grandmother the same way... What a shame. What goes around comes around...
  13. by   c646
    Quote from stim3jt
    This nurse truly gives all the good nurses a bad name. No wonder people don't trust the medical field. This is soooo sad. .:angryfire
    And no wonder that nursing homes/LTC facilities have such b-a-d reputations.

    As others have said, this nurse needed to find a different job a long time ago.