Nurse story: Worked to death

Beth Jasper, a nurse in Ohio, was killed in a car accident on her way home from the hospital where she worked.  Her husband, Jim, is suing that hospital because his wife was too tired from overwork and fell asleep at the wheel.  His suit claims the hospital knowingly was understaffed, which led to her drowsy condition.   He said her overwork was a pattern as Beth Jasper was routinely called into the hospital because managers hadn’t hired more nurses who could work with dialysis patients.

Beth Jasper

Beth Jasper’s family is suing the hospital where she worked.

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arlene townsend staffing award

Unsafe staffing costs a Florida facility $1 billion

From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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