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9 Shocking Nursing News Stories

9 Shocking Nursing News Stories

Remember any other shocking nursing news?

Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink

Nurses are known for being the kind face at the hospital, the patient’s advocate, and the “Angel of Life.” They’ve made a career out of caring for others selflessly. So when a nurse “goes bad” and does the unthinkable, it makes headlines, rattles the nursing industry and shocks the public.

From smaller crimes like stealing money and breaching patient confidentiality, to acts of a more serious nature like the death of a patient, take a look at our roundup of scandalous nursing stories in the news.

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1. Nurse Charged With Murder in Romanian Hospital Fire

Florentina Daniela Cirstea, a nurse who worked at Giulesti Maternity Hospital in Bucharest, Romania, was charged with murder for the death of five newborn babies in the hospital’s ICU in August. She is accused of not doing her job and supervising the babies, two boys and three girls, who died of severe burns from a fire on August 16.

The fire was started by an electrical cable attached to an AC unit in the ICU. Cirstea left the ICU for 12 minutes, and wasn’t able to evacuate and rescue the newborns once the fire started. Another member of the hospital staff called for help, but none of the staff members had the access card to get into the automatic door for the ICU and had to break the door down. Cirstea is also charged for the injuries of six surviving babies.

Read the news story here.

2. Nursing Assistant Charged With Killing Eight Babies

In July, 46-year-old French nursing assistant Dominique Cottrez was charged with the murder of her eight newborn babies. Police found the bones of two bodies at a home once owned by Cottrez and her husband, Pierre-Marie Cottrez; six more bodies were found at another home in the northeastern village of Villers-au-Tertre. She and her husband were both initially taken into custody; Pierre-Marie Cottrez was later freed as an “assisted witness.”

Cottrez admitted to suffocating the infants soon after she gave birth to them, between 1989 and 2006. She put their bodies in hermetically sealed bags and managed to keep it a secret for 17 years. Yikes!

Read the news story here.

Next: Shocking News Story #3 >>


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    mkr

    almost 4 years ago

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    Dr Pou should get a medal for what she did. Elderly extremely critically ill patients with no power no lights in flooded rooms literally dying no possible way to move them or care for them. These patients were going to die and there was nothing that could be done by this Dr except to lessen their suffering. You think that was the wrong decision? You make me want to PUKE.

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    Nurse_26

    almost 4 years ago

    10 comments

    Story #8, about the nurse whistle-blower - now that's good reporting on your part. I had heard a little about this and wanted to get the entire story. Thanks for that one!

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    Nurse_26

    almost 4 years ago

    10 comments

    And the CNA who killed her babies right after birthing them? I'm not sure what this has to do with being a CNA...these were HER babies and it's HER crime. Being a CNA had little, if anything, to do with this story. I'm sure there are really nurses and CNAs out there doing heinous things while carrying out their jobs, let's see some of those stories if we must. OK?

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    Nurse_26

    almost 4 years ago

    10 comments

    I don't know what sensationalistic kick you get out of this headline, but the stories are anything but shocking! What nurse hasn't had to go take an unplanned break in the midst of their shift, replacement available or not? If you have to trek to a available restroom or snack machine or smoking area, that eats up time. Because a fire just happened to break out at the moments this nurse was absent doesn't make her some sort of nurse-monster! For heaven's sake, aren't there better things to rave about????

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    ninelives

    almost 4 years ago

    922 comments

    " Who can forget Charles Cullen,RN., aka," Angel of Death"; worked in ICU@ several hospitals;
    investigations into," suspicious deaths",lead to charges brought against, him ,( 2003-2004).

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    Inara

    almost 4 years ago

    64 comments

    scandalous! but informative.

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