Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nurse charged with putting hot sauce in patients’ mouths

OCALA, Fla. — A central Florida woman has surrendered her nursing license after she was charged with placing hot sauce into the mouths of two sleeping dementia patients.

Tracie Nellis was charged last summer with battery on a person age 65 or older and misdemeanor battery. She pleaded no contest to the battery charge and was sentenced to one year probation. The state Board of Nursing ruled last week that Nellis could give up her license to avoid disciplinary proceedings.

State records show she worked at the Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center when the incident happened in March 2013.

The state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case and arrested Nellis and another employee, but the Ocala Star-Banner reports the charges against him were ultimately dropped.

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Nurse charged with putting hot sauce in patients’ mouths


StandUp said...

Misdemeanor battery? You've got to be kidding.

Kathleen said...

That is all she gets for this disgusting ABUSE!!!

Mary said...

She should be charged with something along the lines of attempted murder. Those people couldn't fight back. And she should have her license removed and never be allowed to be a nurse or work in the medical profession again.

Anita said...

I can't imagine how one person could be so very cruel. It is my hope that Tracey Nellis is shunned by her community and forced to move out of the country.

Michael Kelly said...

I find it sad that the State Board of Nursing would give this person (can't even call her a nurse) a way to avoid being held accountable for her actions especially when the clients had no way out! What message is this sending to other residents and their families?