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ER Nurse Kills Attacker While Defending Herself

      Bob Aller   September 20, 2019 This report focuses on an incident involving ER nurse Susan Kuhnhausen. Her self-defense training at Providence Hospital in Portland, Oregon, appears to have contributed to her ability to protect herself. Fortunately, when a life-threatening encounter occurred, Susan was prepared to handle it. Nurse Kuhnhausen had also been …

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Epidemic Of Violence In Hospitals Facing Nurses

Bob Aller   September 20, 2019 Why is there a need for workplace violence prevention programs for nurses? “They are routinely yelled at, spat at, pummeled, kicked, scratched and even stabbed by the people they are trying to save. In some states, nurses are assaulted more than police,” wrote columnist Petula Dvorak in the Washington Post. According …

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Understaffing In The ER Claimed, ER Nurse Fired

Lawsuit States ER Clinical Coordinator At HCA Hospital Was Fired For Claiming Understaffing In The ER The New Hampshire Union Leader reports that Nurse Julie Stephens filed a lawsuit against Portsmouth Regional Hospital (HCA Health Services of New Hampshire.) According to the lawsuit, Nurse Stephens made repeated complaints about understaffing in the ER that resulted …

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Nurse Fired While Advocating For Patient Safety On CVICU

Nurse Julie Griffin Photo by Munoz Photography Bob Aller   August 4, 2019 Nurse Julie Griffin worked as an RN at the Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, Florida (Miami metro area). Repeatedly, Ms. Griffin registered criticism with hospital administrators over the practice of no continuous monitoring as well as inadequate nurse staffing on her cardiovascular ICU. …

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Medical Executive Committee Issues Vote Of No Confidence

Tennessee Doctors Revolt  Reporter: Maxine Magtoto The Medical Executive Committee members at Tennessee’s Erlanger Health System (7 hospitals), were concerned about issues of patient safety. They took a unanimous vote of no-confidence against three hospital executives, according to a June 23, 2019 report in the Chattanooga Times Free Press In a May 9, 2019 letter …

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Vanderbilt’s Role In The Death Of A Patient

It’s been widely reported that Nurse Ra Donda Vaught is facing criminal charges of reckless homicide and impaired adult abuse. The charges stemmed from a series of inadvertent medication errors Nurse Vaught made at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). The Nashville District Attorney has assigned full blame to her for the death of Charlene Murphey. …

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Doctor Claims Death was Natural. Yet, Nurse Indicted For Reckless Homicide

Charlene Murphey Death Certificate Questioned Bob Aller     Revisions: March 12, 2019.  Posted: March 9, 2019. The tragic death of Charlene Murphey at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been widely reported in the media. Recently, Hospital Watchdog received a copy of Charlene Murphey’s Death Certificate (#09801569). The date of death is December 27, 2017. (Out of …

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Patient Bleeds To Death After Colonoscopy

Introduction Bob Aller  Posted: February 18, 2019  Revisions: February 24, 2019 Last week Hospital Watchdog conducted an in-depth interview with Ms. Dena Royal, a former paramedic, and respiratory therapist. Dena’s mother, Martha Wright, bled to death following a colonoscopy and a series of tragic nursing mistakes at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville (pop. 10,000) …

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Should Vanderbilt Leadership Be Held Responsible?

Does Appearance of Conflict of Interest Exist For Vanderbilt? With over 26,000 employees, Vanderbilt and its healthcare facilities are the largest employers in Nashville. Bringing a criminal prosecution against a VUMC nurse is not an everyday event. A reader has offered the view that the appearance of a conflict of interest exists for the prosecution. …

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