September 15th, 2010
The Kern Valley Healthcare District has faced reports of nursing home abuse in the past but a new report shows a determined effort to handle new allegations of abuse swiftly and responsibly.
The report involves a hospital nurse denying help to an elderly female emergency room patient as she tried to use the bathroom. When the woman attempted to stand on her own the nurse allegedy grabbed the woman’s neck and pushed her back onto her bed.
The house supervisor, who saw the incident, immediately told the emergency room room physician who was also the medical director that night. The Sheriff was then notified who immediately tended to the patient. The Director of Nursing arrived on the scene minutes later and suspended the nurse in question pending further investigation.
“The staff are all very concerned,” said Kern Valley Healthcare District CEO Tim McGlew. “I told them, ‘How we respond to this is how people are going to judge us.’ We’re here to protect the patients. That’s our responsibility. Do it.”
“I was surprised to hear about this [alleged incident of abuse],” said Lucille Barr, a former patient of the nurse in question. “He was very pleasant with me. He was respectful.”