Monday, July 14, 2014

Nurse Exposes VA Hospital: Stolen Drugs, Tortured Vets

Horror show.
[Ed; try looking into State Psychiatric Hospitals if this shocks you.]
Registered nurse Valerie Riviello has worked 28 years at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, most recently in the psychiatric unit. She teaches at two local nursing schools,and has received many honors for patient care and safety, including the Florence Nightingale Award. Last fall, Riviello challenged the treatment of a female veteran strapped to her bed for hours on end, in violation of VA rules. As a result, she was stripped of her nursing duties. Now she’s one of 37 whistleblowers nationwide whose allegations of retaliation are under investigation by the US Office of Special Counsel. Riviello told her story to The Post’s Susan Edelman.
On November 5 of last year, I started my shift on the psychiatric ward at about 6:30 a.m.
A female Navy veteran, a victim of sexual assault in the military, was locked in a two-point restraint — her right arm and left leg were strapped to the bedposts. She also had a belt tied around her waist to restrict her movement.
She had been restrained that morning because she was “disruptive and agitated.”

Thank You NY Post and Nickarama.

This is not exclusive to VA facilities. 

We're talking a Psych ward here. 

It's the "Standard of Care".

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