A nurse from Fulton, New York will have to spend three years on probation and will lose her license after she photographed an unconscious patient’s genitals.
Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office has filed two felony charges against the 27-year-old Kristen Johnson, who after months of investigation, was found that she sent pictures of two of their patients to her colleagues via text message, Syracuse reported.
According to the report, which cited an official statement from the New York State Education Department, Johnson shared the photo to her colleagues who in turn reported the incident to the authorities of the University Hospital where she works as a registered nurse. The incident prompted an investigation, which lasted nine months.
Johnson then pleaded guilty to two felony charges filed against her, including two counts of second-degree unlawful surveillance and one count of second-degree disseminating unlawful surveillance. During the plea-bargaining agreement, Johnson volunteered to surrender her license to lower her sentence.
The report also showed that Johnson video recorded her co-worker who was cleaning a gastrointestinal blood clot of an incapacitated man in March 2014. The District Attorney’s office, then recommended the filing of criminal charges before a City Court after thorough investigation. The nurse was no longer connected with the hospital since the discovery of the incident.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) prohibits any action on the part of a nurse that violates the basic rights of a patient. In its Code of Ethics for Nurses, as published by the NYSED, all nurses are bound to respect the dignity of its patients.
“The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.” the ANA Code of Ethics read.