Nurse Charged With Tying Patient to Wheelchair Gives Up License

Former Nurse at Lenox Care Center Agrees to Surrender Her License

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on November 10, 2023 in Nursing Home Abuse

wheelchair in hospital hallwayThe Iowa Board of Nursing reached a settlement with Teresa King that requires her to give up her license to practice. Over the summer, King was charged for allegedly tying a patient to a wheelchair with a bed sheet.

The board also charged King for excessive drinking that impaired her ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.

The settlement was reached in September. Although King is giving up her license, she can apply to have it reinstated in one year.

The incident with the resident being tied to a wheelchair happened on August 20, 2022. The resident was trying to leave when King pulled her backward. The resident allegedly screamed that King was hurting her.

Workers at the nursing home said the resident fell down before King grabbed her and “slammed” her into a wheelchair. King told an aide to tie the resident down with a bed sheet. The nurse denied abusing the resident when inspectors interviewed her.

Lenox Care Center was fined $34,661 for the alleged physical abuse.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time King has been disciplined by Iowa’s Board of Nursing. King was charged with using a controlled substance in 2009 while she was working at a nursing home. King admitted she smoked marijuana after being tested for it. King’s license was placed on probation for one year.

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