3 hospice workers arrested for filming dying patient on Snapchat
Three women working at Bentley Senior Living Facility in Jefferson found themselves in hot water after they filmed a Snapchat video of a dying pateint.
As reported by WSB-TV, Jorden Lanah Bruce, 21, Mya Janai Moss, 21, and Lizeth Jocelyn Cervantes Ramirez, were facing charges for recording the Snapchat video titled The End on June 13, 2018.
The video involved a dying 76-year-old stroke female patient. In it, the three women can be seen smoking a vape pen and heard uttering profanities. They can also be seen making obscene hand gestures.
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They filmed the Snapchat video inside the patient's room while waiting for a hospice nurse to arrive. They ignored the patient while recording the video
Arrested on June 22, 2018, the three women were all charged with exploiting an elderly and disabled person.
"It was going to be an extensive time before the hospice nurse could be there, so these three employees were supposed to closely monitor the patient," a spokesperson for the Jefferson Police Department was quoted as saying in the WSB-TV news report.
The incident was also reported by another employee at the care facility after seeing the video on Snapchat.
This is not the first case of nurses being investigated for inappropriate behavior while on duty.
In September 2011, five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended after they viewed a deceased male patient's body and made inappropriate remarks about his genitals, as reported by Denver Post.
The nurses allegedly opened a body bag to view the deceased patient's body and admired the size of his genitals.
The incident happened between March 31 and April 3, 2017, but was only reported a month later after another nurse overheard a conversation about it.
"Multiple staff members viewed the victim while he was incapacitated, including after he was deceased," according to a police report.