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Nurse in Boot Camp Case Hands Over License

Nurse in Boot Camp Case Hands Over License

Jon Miltmore / News Herald

November 06, 2008

PANAMA CITY — A Florida Department of Health report found that former Bay County Boot Camp nurse Kristin Schmidt, who was acquitted in the 2006 death of Martin Lee Anderson, engaged in unprofessional conduct.

The report, completed in June, states that Schmidt “failed to meet the minimal standards of acceptable nursing practice.”

In July, one month after the report was completed, Schmidt voluntarily relinquished her license to practice nursing in Florida.

In January 2006, the 14-year-old Anderson collapsed while running in a Panama City boot camp for juvenile offenders. He died about 12 hours later.

A surveillance camera later showed Schmidt standing with hands on hips while guards spent nearly 20 minutes pressing Anderson to comply with their orders before he was taken for emergency care. Anderson’s death eventually was attributed to complications of sickle cell trait.

The state decided to pursue charges of aggravated manslaughter of a child when a second medical examiner determined that Anderson died from ammonia fumes inhaled from smelling salts administered to him by guards. That determination conflicted with state experts who testified at trial that no person had ever died of ammonia capsule poisoning and Anderson would have lived if not for a blood deficiency.

Schmidt and seven drill instructors were acquitted of criminal wrongdoing in trial-by-jury nearly a year later.

In the relinquishment report issued by the DOH, Schmidt acknowledged her intention was to avoid further administrative action and understood it would be construed as a disciplinary action. She agreed to never again apply for licensure in Florida.

The nursing practices Schmidt was found to have failed to perform, according to the report, include the following:

- To adequately report the length of time Anderson had complained about breathing difficulties and use of ammonia capsules to emergency medical technicians

- To adequately access Anderson’s condition after his collapse

- To clear the area so that Anderson’s condition could be clinically assessed

- Distributing ammonia capsules to camp personnel without instruction

- To perform any emergency treatment after collapse

- Inaccurately recording the incident in her nursing notes

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