I want to add here, I really want to begin a different angle on this case, rather than rehashing the previous discussions. Specifically, where was the BON in all this? They are deemed, and even cited by the defense, as being the final authority here.
I propose that it is their failure that led to this more concerning scenario, that of criminal charges against a nurse. This is something we all should be worried about.
Yet, the BON didn't even put this nurse into any stipulations, not even a slap on the wrist! They failed in their duties. Are they not accountable to anyone?
I know of 2 nurses that were either partially or fully culpable in a sentinal event leading to a patient death. One was working in a CVTICU and forgot to replace the leads on a patient and the patient arrested while unmonitored. She was placed on probation with stipulations.
The other didn't initiate O2 sat monitoring on someone with a PCA, an order the charge nurse failed to initiate, the charge was the one signing off orders, not this nurse. It was at shift change and the patient died under the responsibility of a very negligent nurse who didn't make rounds or check on patient until he was, well, cold. My friend got probation and stipulations, the second nurse lost her license.