Once Praised Nurse Finds Herself Behind Bars After Abusing Disabled Nursing Home Patient

Nurse Behind BarsA nurse’s aid once deemed such a resource to the nursing home where she works that she was given the title ‘nurse’s aide of the year’, now finds herself serving time in jail after a hidden camera caught her abusing a disabled patient at the facility.  A judge sentenced the CNA identified as Maria Karban to six months of jail-time after she was caught spraying body perfume in the face of a 78-year-old patient she was caring for.

While situations such as this are especially alarming, this incident marked the second time that this particular patient was abused by staff at Cleveland’s Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing Care at Metrohealth.  Just earlier this month, another staff member at the Ohio Nursing Home was sentenced to 10 and one-half years for other acts of abuse.

The fact that this patient has been the victim of abuse at the hands of two staff members at this facility is simply inexcusable.  While the facility may have done some housekeeping in the form of dismissal of some employees and re-training of other, there certainly is more work to be done as long as episodes like this continue.

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