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Nurse Sues After Fingertip Is Bitten Off By Jail Inmate

Nurse Sues After Fingertip Is Bitten Off By Jail Inmate

AP

January 13, 2009

REDDING, Calif. — A nurse is suing Shasta County after a jail inmate brought to the hospital for a mental-health evaluation bit off her fingertip during a fight.

Joyce Green says sheriff’s deputies didn’t properly supervise the inmate at Redding’s Shasta Regional Medical Center in May.

Green’s attorney, Art Morgan, says his client was helping to restrain inmate Dorian Buckner when she bit off the tip of Green’s index finger.

Morgan says deputies failed to follow procedures to shackle patients, keep guards nearby and warn hospital employees of possible dangers.

Sheriff’s Capt. Don Van Buskirk says it’s up to the hospital to provide security.

Buckner pleaded guilty in October to misdemeanor battery for biting the nurse. She was placed on probation.

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    jessica_nelson9977

    almost 6 years ago

    78 comments

    There are several problems here. First, there is not enough info in this article about the entire incident. Second, for those of you who thought the nurse got probation, you were mistaken, it was the inmate. Third, there was obviously a huge flaw in the system if the deputies failed this badly to let the inmate get to the point of biting off someones finger, be it the nurse's or the officer's. Last, why is the nurse only suing the inmate for the incident and not the people who were actually at fault, the deputies who failed to provide her with a safe working environment, which is what they were there for! I work in the jail and it is the safest psychiatric environment I have worked in. The officers I work with deserve much more recognition then they are given. They look out for and protect us nurses each and every day!

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    mmlpn99

    almost 6 years ago

    58 comments

    I worked in the mo prison system for a couple of years and would have never tried to assist in restraining an inmate. I agree with kamber! That is what the co's are for!!!

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    kamber

    almost 6 years ago

    14 comments

    I work in the MO. Prison System as a mental health nurse at a level 3 camp - (min. security) - why would you even think about assisting to restrain an inmate - that is what the CO's are trained to do.

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    MissRN2009

    almost 6 years ago

    28 comments

    This is why I would neer work in a prison..regardless of maximum security

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    saltyscalop

    almost 6 years ago

    42 comments

    Not enough information as usual. Was the nurse taunting the patient? Did the nurse think to herself I might want to restrain this inmate? You really can't make a judgment either way with this amount of info unless your jaded and judgmental which many of us are.

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    gyspy

    almost 6 years ago

    12 comments

    well in my eyes,thats asault and battery instant.so whats wrong with the shakles and stuff.don't ya know this nurse is asseptable to gettin a infectious disease.she has everyright to sie.so sue the hell out whomever iss responseable.

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    pappyville

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    When I am treating an inmate the Correctional officers are always with the inmate. They are shackled hands and feet. The guards do NOT leave the inmate until they are anesthetized and deemed "asleep" by the MD. Then and ONLY then are the shackles removed. The guards are then only a few feet from the procedure room ready to act. The guards at our hospital CARE about the staff here and so the Police on campus. We must protect our own and keep both staff and patients safe. No where in the nurses oath are we to accept a traumatic amputation of a digit, or a broken nose. We have to get into patients personal spaces for a reason, to TREAT. Shame on the Deputy and his/her posse. Everyone is afraid of the patients/inmates now??? Why is it acceptable that the staff did NOT act? I personally dislike litigation but this is what the justice system is supposed to be about. Sheriff? your motto? Serve and Protect? Protect whom????? WAKE UP AMERICA

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    It used to be, the officers bringing an offender in for treatment were completely responsible for restraining and keeping the offender on their best behavior. Apparently HIPAA has changed this.

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    Jenny65

    almost 6 years ago

    48 comments

    Should got more than probation.

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    emtpixie

    almost 6 years ago

    328 comments

    Yep...another reason nurses should carry syringes of valium to be used as necessary in certain units! You dang sure can't count on security.

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    RNurse5

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Is there more to the story ? Why the probation for the nurse? RNurse5

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    WeekendWarriorATL

    almost 6 years ago

    62 comments

    The nurse should certainly file civil action against the criminal as well.

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    cuttie

    almost 6 years ago

    1042 comments

    I believe it. the same incident happen a couple of years ago, when a inmate beat this nurse badly, because the sheriff didn't restrain them propertly. The nurse is permanteally disabled now.

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    owensrm2

    almost 6 years ago

    104 comments

    dang! that had to be a hard bite!!!!!!!

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