Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sleeping on duty


Sleeping on duty
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Administrative Law Judge Susan J. Pogoda recommended termination of employment for a patient care technician at a hospital.

The employee was found sleeping on duty three times, including one incident where a patient he was assigned to observe, fell from his bed and struck the leg of a doctor who was performing a bone marrow biopsy on a patient in the adjacent bed.

The employee also failed to document his observations of patients every 15 minutes, as required.

Additionally, the employee  had a significant disciplinary record including a previous suspension for sleeping on duty.

Health & Hospitals Corp. (Bellevue Hospital Ctr.) v. Ogbonna, OATH Index No. 165/17 (Jan. 17, 2017), adopted, Hosp. Dec. (Feb. 14, 2017)

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