Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Florence nurse charged with neglecting patient

A 54-year-old registered nurse has been arrested in connection with the death of a patient at a local nursing home.
Elizabeth Rush, of 816 Marion St., was arrested Tuesday and charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult, according to Florence County Detention Center booking reports.
Rush's arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation into the death of a 76-year-old nursing home patient, Florence Police Maj. Carlos Raines said.
The patient's roommate and another staff member at the nursing home told police they informed Rush that the victim was having chest pains and needed assistance but she did nothing to help. The patient later went into cardiac arrest and died, according to the arrest warrant.
Rush was released from the detention center on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond Tuesday afternoon. The investigation is ongoing, Raines said.

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