I usually defend the front line workers in nursing homes as they are often poorly paid and overworked! I also realize that working as a nurse or nurse aid in a nursing home is a stressful and often thankless job. However, when a nurse aid abuses a resident it gets me angry! In Virginia two nurse aids recently had their licenses revoked by the Board of Nursing for incidences of abuse against patients….and they go what they deserved!
Sarah Green was both verbally and physically abusive to residents at The Woodview, Halifax Regional Health System in South Boston, Virginia. Green allegedly grabbed the arms of several residents and threw a wet wash cloth at another. Green also was charged with similar conduct while employed at the Chase City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chase City, Virginia. She denied all instances of abuse but her license was pulled by the Board in October.
Brandy Fiddemon was also aggressive with patients while employed at the Arcadia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nelsonia, Virginia. The Board of Nursing found she spit in another patient’s glass of water and tried to put wet linens back on the bed of other residents. She was fired from one job after a resident was found in their room, soaked in urine. Fiddemon denied all allegations but still had her license revoked by the board on October. 1
There is no excuse for Nurse Green and Fiddemon’s conduct!