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Nursing Home LPN Disciplined by State Board of Nursing for Neglect of Patients

By Jack H. FarnbauchApril 2, 2020

Glenda L. Cox, a licensed practical nurse, has had her nursing license placed on indefinite probation for a minimum of two years after being disciplined for two incidents at Rawlins House Health and Living Community in Pendleton, Indiana. Rawlins House terminated Cox on Jan. 30, 2018, for “sleeping on duty per security video footage.” 

Cox is also prohibited from working as a supervisor or in a supervisory position for the first year of her probation period and the board has ordered that her nursing employer must submit quarterly reports to the board about her duties, responsibilities, character and performance as a nurse.

An administrative complaint was filed against Cox on Aug. 7, 2019, for incidents on Nov. 27, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, at Rawlins House. The Indiana State Department of Health investigated Rawlins House regarding the incidents by interviewing employees at Rawlins House. The employees told state investigators that Cox was mean and rude to residents and would not give residents their pain medications and would force them to ask for it repeatedly.

The state also found that Cox had “falsified, omitted, or destroyed documentation of nursing actions” when she admitted to doctoring documentation regarding the administration of medications to patients, but “had another nurse administer the medications at a later time.”

Cox was also cited as violating several state laws when she placed one of the residents in a Broda chair next to the nursing station dressed only in a pair of socks while she slept on duty. Rawlins House reviewed security video footage of the incident that showed the resident in a reclined Broda chair to keep him from getting up for almost four hours.

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