A victory for patient advocacy!
In a victory for patient advocacy, Katrina Wesemann, LPN was awarded $5 million in punitive damages in response to her claims that she was fired for refusing orders from her director of nursing to double-dose agitated residents with anti-anxiety medication and refusing to alter "suspicious injuries on residents".
The Clip: Results of Wesemann vs. Heritage Enterprise Inc.
- See the original article at Pantagraph.com
- "Katrina Wesemann was employed as a licensed practical nurse at Heritage Health in Dwight in October 2012 when she was fired by her employer, Bloomington-based Heritage Enterprises Inc., which operates 54 long-term facilities, including 53 in Illinois."
- "Katrina Wesemann, LPN, took her former employer to court alleging that she was fired because she refused to follow orders from the facility's director of nursing "to 'drop a pill' or double-dose agitated residents with anti-anxiety medications and refused to delete or omit records of suspicious injuries on residents," according to a statement from Timothy J. Coffey, one of Wesemann's lawyers."
- "The verdict included past wages and benefits and $5 million in punitive damages for the nurse who worked at the facility for about 19 months. The jury deliberated about two hours before returning its verdict last week during an eight-day trial before Judge Robert Travers."
While Heritage Enterprises' lawyer states they are "deeply disappointed" in the verdict of the case. We think that these kinds of stories of patient advocacy should be celebrated.
Way to go Katrina!
We hope this dark chapter of your life will be put in the rear view mirror and that you have a long and fulfilling career advocating for your patients.