Nurse's abusive response to call bell: termination ruled justified.

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The Court of Appeals of Minnesota ruled that a long-term care facility had legal grounds to terminate a registered nurse for failing to respond appropriately to a resident's call bell.

The nurse had a history of verbal abuse of vulnerable residents and had already been through mandatory retraining before the incident in question.

A resident rang her call bell at night for assistance to go to the restroom. The nurse replied in a harsh tone over the intercom that she was turning off the resident's call light and she better not turn it on again...

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