License suspended indefinitely for nurse accused of NICU abuse

Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 4:31 PM CDT
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The license for a nurse accused of abusing infants at a Madison hospital has been suspended indefinitely.

On March 19, the Wisconsin Board of Nursing issued an interim order to suspend the nurse's license until a final decision is issued by the Board. According to the order, the nurse has had his license since 2003 and was current through 2020.

On February 15, the Division of Legal Services and Compliance opened an investigation of the nurse on behalf of the board.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducted a complaint investigation on February 19. According to the report, five patients had unknown injuries including from “unexplained bruising,” “bruising on face,” “scalp bruising,” and “skull fractures and arm fractures.”

Documents stated during a incident report review, the first case of abuse happened on April 12, 2017. The most recent abuse was identified on February 7.

In February. UnityPoint Health- Meriter disabled the nurse's badge access and suspended him. He was also ordered to not come on hospital premises, unless there is a medical emergency.

According to the interim order issued on March 19, the nurse is not admitting any wrongdoing. He also voluntarily agreed not to engage in the practice of professional nursing pending the investigation.

NBC15 is not naming the nurse involved in the investigation because criminal charges have not been filed.The Madison Police Department is still investigating the incidents at Meriter Hospital.

Parents concerned about possible abuse against their child or with questions about the abuse investigation are encouraged to call Meriter's NICU abuse hotline at: (608) 417-5270.