Ex-nurse accused of filing bogus records on patient's death

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Posted: May 16, 2016 4:21 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana nurse was arrested Monday on charges that she falsified records about a death at a nursing home for veterans.

Cheryl Poirrier, 58, of LaPlace was being held at a jail in St. John the Baptist Parish following her arrest on charges of filing false public records and malfeasance in office, Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street's office said in a statement.

Poirrier, an employee of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, was working as a licensed practical nurse at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve when a resident died in January 2015 several hours after falling in his room, a court filing said.

After the resident died, Poirrier allegedly filed reports that falsely stated she had performed four neurological checks on the man after he fell. Investigators said surveillance video showed she didn't perform any checks.

The man, whose name and age were not released, had complained of head and back pain after he fell and was found on the floor of his room with his wheelchair on top of him, the statement from Street's office said.

"The resident was returned to his bed," it added. "Some eight hours later, the resident was found unresponsive in his room and it was determined that he had died during the night."

Robin Keller, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Veterans Affairs, said the department terminated Poirrier's employment in February 2015.