Registered Nurse (Psych)
Ref. # 02718
A Connecticut woman was under treatment in the psychiatric unit of a hospital. The patient was informed she was to be transferred to a nursing home. She became greatly distressed, exited her room, walked past a nursing station, entered an unlocked, vacant office, and fell or jumped several stories from the window. The patient sustained injuries to her ankle. A medQuest psychiatric nurse reported the hospital negligently failed to implement safety standards and nursing care procedures appropriate for a psychiatric unit.