Nurse sentenced to life in prison

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  3. by   CHATSDALE
    the power over life and death gets twisted up in a sick mind
    i am glad that she is out of the loop now
  4. by   Sleepless In Canada
    In a way this actually sounds like a kind of Munchhausen by proxy but I could be mistaken, just happy that she isn't able to injure or kill any other patients anymore.
  5. by   santhony44
    I prefer the way the headline read in my more local paper:
    Former Nurse Sentenced to Life in Prison!
  6. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from Sleepless In Canada
    In a way this actually sounds like a kind of Munchhausen by proxy but I could be mistaken, just happy that she isn't able to injure or kill any other patients anymore.
    That's what I was thinking when I read the story, Munchhausen by proxy. However, I don't recall if she ever received the glory that come with saving a patient. It sounds like she viewed the patients to be needy and she wanted them dead. Very sick, and very sad for the families.
  7. by   daisey_may
    It could have been Munchausen by proxy, but she the article says that she walked slowly to another nurse to tell her that a patient was blue. It sounds like she had some deep issues. I wonder how many people will need counseling...the deceased patient's families, the living patient and their families, other faculty she worked with...
  8. by   stellasmommy
    This former nurse tells her side of the story...

    http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/15757021.htm
  9. by   sandimedic/lpn
    i am glad she is not in the field anymore, but how many more are out there that think they are a God and get by with it
  10. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    I can tell you that I knew this nurse briefly. I probably spent four or five hours with her over the course of a month, in 2000.

    I can tell you that I was surprised to find that she was accused of hurting anyone, not because she came across as being really warm and caring, necessarily, but because she was too focused on other things. I never heard her complain about her patients. She wasn't too hot about some of her coworkers, but even that wasn't a big concern.

    She had some marital issues.

    She had some drug issues which for a nurse were (IMHO) monumental, but for that community weren't much to get excited about. (If she walked too slowly to report someone in arrest, perhaps it was because she was under the influence? I don't remember her chemicals of choice.)

    I am surprised that she is still married to her husband.

    I can also tell you that a trooper came to interview me in connection with her case, maybe in 2001 or 2002, that I told him everything that I could remember off the top of my head, and that my supervisor (at the time I knew the former nurse), who never saw, spoke to, interviewed or otherwise interacted with the former nurse informed me that since she was my supervisor at that time, she would be the official face of the agency with regard to the case. I don't know if she testified or otherwise rendered an opinion, professional or otherwise.

    I can tell you that I thought it was pretty darned odd that her defense didn't look for me anyway, because one thing I said to the trooper was that I was pretty surprised when she was accused. I don't think she had it in her.

    And, if memory serves, she does not have the proper demographics for Munchausen's, since (I don't think) she had a sickly sibling or parent as a young child, which would have put her in the frame of mind of wanting attention and approval from medical types because she had been somewhat neglected as a child.

    But that's just me.
  11. by   biker nurse
    This happened before and Sadly will happen again This isn't M. by proxy
    It sounds like she didn't try to save them.
  12. by   sdmama
    That is very scary.
  13. by   trixytop4
    I find it sad that such an incident could occur. If she had a substance abuse problem why did they allow her to continue to work? I am glad that she is no longer working as a nurse. Did anyone ever investigate the husband? He worked there also. But, if the hospital is like ours and like others you have to sign that drug out. How could that much drug come up missing and nobody for a long time realized it? What a scary thought. What happened to immediate autopsies for unexplained and sudden deaths? Sounds like a lot of people dropped the ball. It really is sad to think that if someone had been doing there job right this would have been caught a lot sooner and it may have saved lives.
  14. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    New info....

    After I posted last, I had the eerie feeling there might have been some railroading, maybe I should have done something, so I found her atty and emailed him about what I remembered.

    He said they were aware of me (whew! at least I can x that off my guilt list!) but it would not have made any difference, that there were witnesses to four of the events and she made statements that amounted to confessions of some of the other acts.

    It sounds like justice was done.

    How sad, all around.

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