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Ex-nurse Sentenced for Abuse of Nursing Home Patient

A former certified nurse’s aide was placed on probation for breaking an elderly woman’s hand and spraying foam into her mouth. The 22-year old nurse was sentenced to five years’ probation and will also be placed on 90 days electronic home monitoring. The woman also recently surrendered her state nursing license. In September the nurse pleaded guilty to second-degree endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person, which is a felony. She was accused of pulling the hair and spraying foam into the mouth and eyes of an 82 year old woman while she was in the care of a nursing home. The nurse also fractured the elderly woman’s right hand while squeezing it tightly in 2007. The elderly woman recently passed away. The judge said her anger issues definitely weren’t compatible around elderly home patients that need specialized care and a lot of patience. This story highlights the number of physical abuse cases that occur in nursing homes across the country. To read the full story, click here.