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Nurse Wants License Back After Being Cleared Of Assault


It’s always good when someone gets justice served on them. Maybe they harmed someone and they got rightfully punished for it. On the flip side, though, sometimes people are wrongfully accused of a crime. They are treated as a scapegoat in an office or other work environment. As a result, they may get their license taken away.

This happened to a nurse in New Hampshire. The former head nurse of an assisted living facility was accused of abusing a patient. She was wrongfully accused of breaking the patient’s fingers after a jury found her not guilty of two misdemeanor charges and two felonies.

Now that the 67-year-old woman has been exonerated, she would like her license restored. Before the incident, she had a flawless nursing history with no criminal charges. She would like to end her career on that note.

However, the nurse agreed to a voluntary suspension of her nursing license after she was charged with assaulting a patient. The incident happened on Dec. 23, 2020 at Rose Meadow Garden in New Hampshire. The nurse was accused of breaking the fingers of a patient who had refused to release his call bell.

There were various employees who testified. Testimony revealed that a client had fallen from the bed after the call bell incident but workers did not log it. One worker told police that the nurse was old and tired and needed to go. Another nurse claimed that her co-worker did not injure the patient.

In April 2021, state authorities brought the charges against the nurse. She was accused of breaking the fingers of the man, who suffered brain damage after a drug overdose.

The case recently went to trial in March 2023 The trial featured testimony from medical experts on both sides and from employees of the nursing facility. The nurse also testified. The jury deliberated for just over an hour before finding the nurse not guilty of two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.

The nurse’s daughter-in-law is relieved, claiming that the nurse was seen as the scapegoat at the facility. She says health care professionals should be aware that this could happen to anyone.

The attorney general’s office, on the other hand, is disappointed in the outcome.

While the nurse would like to move on from the incident with her nursing license intact, that’s not guaranteed. She has an upcoming hearing before the state Bureau of Elderly & Adult Services. Plus, the nurse’s lawyer has not yet contacted the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, which controls licensing of nurses in the state. In any case, her license status is up to the board.

Keep Your License With Help From a Tampa Nursing License Lawyer

Unfortunately, nurses and other licensed professionals can be wrongfully accused of crimes. This means they can get their license taken away and have a hard time getting it reinstated.

If you are experiencing issues, contact a Tampa nursing license lawyer from The Law Offices of David P. Rankin, P.A. I help nurses with licensing and disciplinary issues resolve their matters as efficiently as possible. Schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or calling (813) 968-6633.