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Vermont nursing home fined for allowing charge nurse to work while intoxicated

A Vermont nursing home was fined almost $9,000 and faces Medicare and Medicaid contract termination following an incident regarding an intoxicated on-duty charge nurse. In August of this year, a night charge nurse arrived at work an hour late reeking of alcohol. The nurse manager was informed and spoke to the aides and the nurse from the other unit, but never went to evaluate the intoxicated nurse. After speaking with those on duty, she turned off her phone. The evening continued and the intoxicated nurse failed to administer pain medications to a resident, despite two requests and a request from an aide on duty. The intoxicated nurse was responsible for a unit of 40 residents. The nursing home is in the process of correcting other problems uncovered during the investigation into this nursing home neglect.

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