Two nurses indicted for killing

  1. fort payne, ala. a dekalb county grand jury has returned indictments against two nurses in connection with the death of a patient at collinsville nursing home.


    the panel returned a manslaughter indictment against 59-year-old cornelia ledbett morrison of rainsville last week. morrison is out of jail on a five-thousand dollar bond.

    authorities allege she is one of two nurses previously employed by collinsville nursing home charged with giving the wrong medication to 72-year-old cora louise gregory in august 2005.

    authorities have not yet released the name of the second nurse who had not yet been arrested.



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  3. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    Does anyone else find this terrifying???

    I mean, I see that she allegedly gave the wrong meds and did not tell the paramedics herwself, but MANSLAUGHTER? For a med error?
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I think we might need to know more information - such as what the medication was, how it was given in error, etc..
  5. by   RN/MSN/JD
    Whether or not you can be indicted for a crime in relation to your practice depends on your state's definition of such things as 'criminal negligence' and 'recklessness.'

    As the general public becomes more disillusioned with health care more and more of these cases are going to be occurring. Tort reform is taking away the ability of the individual who has been wronged to me made whole by a negligent medical/nursing provider through the civil court system. Therefore, people are turning to the criminal justice system. This is not unexpected.
  6. by   RN/MSN/JD
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    Does anyone else find this terrifying???

    I mean, I see that she allegedly gave the wrong meds and did not tell the paramedics herwself, but MANSLAUGHTER? For a med error?
    If a person died because of the nurse's recklessness, that is manslaughter. It was not JUST a med error.
  7. by   jharris71RN
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    Does anyone else find this terrifying???

    I mean, I see that she allegedly gave the wrong meds and did not tell the paramedics herwself, but MANSLAUGHTER? For a med error?
    It is scary to me also but there charge has been made clear that the charge is because of failing yo report it untill hours later resulting in the death. One thing I feel would help to prevent this situation for DON's and other nurse managers would be to stress to your nurses that reporting a med error and any documentation of it and possible performance counseling related to them is not for punishment purposes but rather to assess what caused the error such as some aspect of the administration system, etc... that reporting and the process helps to fix and prevent future variences/med errors. As a LPN of 15 years and recently a RN and Unit Director in a LTC facility not so far from this home that also worked there years ago I understand that there is fear and intimidation for the nurse that has made an error because you are aware that the past was all about write ups and maybe even termination( still may be in some places) instead of looking at the whole system instead of scape goating a hard working individual. A past assistand DON made sure we knew that reporting was a necessity that would be handled in a non punitive manner " I promise you we will not punish you for a mistake by reporting the error because you are helping us to stop them from happening" I never knew that years later she was right and that failing to report it is not only unethical but it risks your freedom, future, reputation, and everything you have educated yourself and worked for. It also saves lives!

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