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Reduced discipline upheld for RN who let patient walk to his death

Credit: Pat Kammer Credit: Pat Kammer

The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine, in a February 27 decision, upheld the reduction––from revocation to suspension—of discipline imposed on a nursing supervisor who let a potentially impaired patient walk out a hospital and to his death during a winter blizzard (Zablotny v. State Board of Nursing).

Although the tragic and unusual circumstances of the case seemed to call for strict sanctions, the court acknowledged that the entire context of the nursing supervisor’s actions significantly mitigated his liability for the patient’s death.

The nursing supervisor, John Zablotny, was working a night shift at a . . .

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