New York nurse who falsified records to hide patient neglect hit with employment ban

A former nurse manager at Woodmere (N.Y.) Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is barred from working in any federally funded healthcare programs and faces possible revocation of her nursing license following a felony conviction for providing the New York State Health Department with falsified records.

A Nassau County jury on Jan. 25 found Riadel Manzano guilty of providing a health inspector with what she knew were false documents, purporting the staff at the nursing home properly monitored a resident who'd been seriously injured. While unmonitored, the resident fell multiple times, resulting in a laceration to his head, which required hospitalization and staples to his scalp. The day after returning to the facility, the resident was found sitting on the floor and was subsequently hospitalized with respiratory failure and pulmonary enema. Ms. Manzano 's sentencing hearing occured Wednesday.

"Nursing home managers are entrusted to provide the highest level of safety and care to residents. There is no excuse for lying in order to cover up the abuse and neglect of elderly and vulnerable New Yorkers," said Eric T. Schneiderman, New York state attorney general. "We will not hesitate to fully prosecute nursing home executives who betray the well-being of those under their care and prioritize their own self-interest."

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