A nurse who formerly worked at Hurstborne Care Center in Jefferson County was granted supervised probation on Friday in connection with the abuse and death last year of a patient at the center, according to the state attorney general's office.
Stacy Harrison of Henderson was sentenced in Jefferson Circuit Court for knowing abuse of a vulnerable adult, a felony. He had entered a guilty plea in the case in September.
A judge sentenced Harrison to five years in prison, but granted his request for supervised probation. Harrison agreed to forfeit his nursing license and to never again apply to be a nurse anywhere in the country.
Between March 8 and March 9, 2008, Harrison stayed at a nursing station, sending text messages and eating snacks, instead of responding to a patient in distress, according to authorities.
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After the patient, who was vomiting and showing other signs of distress, stopped breathing, Harrison did not try to resuscitate him, even though the man had written resuscitation wishes, according to the attorney general's office.