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Mentally disturbed nurse abuses residents, coworkers

In a recent conference, the Virginia Board of Nursing was asked to take action upon evidence that a nursing home CNA violated state laws regulating nurse aide practice. The nurse was employed at four nursing homes in recent years: Seven Hills, ManorCare, Ruxton, and the Lexington. She had been previously diagnosed of Impulse Control Disorder and personality disorder, but was not undergoing treatment, and had also been convicted of petty larceny. The nurse committed acts such as abusing residents, threatening to kill fellow employees, verbal abuse, talking to herself about killing people in the presence of residents and omitting previous nursing homes and her criminal record on her resume. It is shocking that there is no system in place to prevent nurses like these from circulating among nursing homes in the same area. With the prevalence of nursing home abuse and neglect, there should be stricter rules governing background checks on employees.