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June 4, 2012

A former nurse at Britthaven nursing home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter will get 5 months in prison after she unnecessarily gave patients morphine which led to the overdose and death of one patient.

At least nine patients were given morphine by the nurse to make them more manageable. The woman also plead guilty to six counts of felony patient abuse and will be on probation for two and a half years.

An autopsy was not performed on the elderly patient that died but “morphine toxicity” was listed as contributing to her death.

The former nurse, who told residents she was giving them “liquid vitamins”, is no longer allowed to work in the health care industry.

The question in a nursing home abuse case like this is: Why such a light sentence for a nurse that directly contributed to the death of a nursing home resident and endangered many others?

We’ve all heard about cases such as this where it appears the legal system has failed to bring about justice. Contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer after nursing home abuse is an additional step families should take to help ensure justice.


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