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Saturday, July 27, 2013
State nursing regulators have suspended the license of an aide at a Rocky Mount nursing home who twice left residents unattended on a porch, where they rolled away in their wheelchairs.
Shanice Terry was negligent in the care of two residents at Trinity Mission, the Virginia Board of Nursing determined in an order filed this week.
Terry was working at the home as a certified nursing assistant on Oct. 13, 2012, when she left a wheelchair-bound patient on the porch.
"The resident's chair rolled away, unattended," the order stated. The patient was not injured. Terry was ordered not to allow another resident on the porch without approval from her supervisor.
The next day, Terry placed another wheelchair-bound resident on the porch without permission. After she went back inside to do schoolwork, the wheelchair again rolled away, the order stated.
This time, the patient was found unresponsive and was taken to the hospital with scrapes to her right knee, regulators said.
Terry, who was fired over the incident, did not contest the disciplinary charges before the nursing board.
The suspension of her license is indefinite, and the finding of neglect prohibits her from working as a nursing aide at any long-term facility that receives Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement.
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