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March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
  A 25-year-old nursing attendant has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a patient at County-USC Medical Center, authorities said Thursday. Terrence Tekoh is accused of assaulting the victim Wednesday in a examination room, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The victim was waiting for a medical procedure. Tekoh was employed by a private company that provides medical personnel for the facility. He was fired after the allegations were reported, the department said.
April 23, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Chris Paul stood before the assembled media Wednesday in his Clippers practice gear, a black brace loosely hanging from his lower right leg. After answering several questions about his right hamstring injury and how the Clippers were ready to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the playoffs Thursday in Oakland, Paul eased his way to a training table and sat. Paul didn't practice for the second straight day. In fact, Clippers Coach Doc...
July 14, 2009 | Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced most members of the state Board of Registered Nursing on Monday, citing the unacceptable time it takes to discipline nurses accused of egregious misconduct. He fired three of six sitting board members -- including President Susanne Phillips -- in two-paragraph letters curtly thanking them for their service. Another member resigned Sunday. Late Monday, the governor's administration released a list of replacements.
April 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A nurse remained in critical condition Monday after being stabbed multiple times in a Sylmar hospital, officials said. “She's said to be a fighter, and she's hanging in there,” said Lt. Denise Stephenson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's County Services Bureau. A man entered the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center around 2 a.m. Sunday and bypassed a weapons screening checkpoint, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies ran after him and were searching the hospital when they heard a woman scream.
October 7, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Boston Red Sox's run-up to the playoffs hasn't exactly been smooth. On the final weekend of the regular season, third baseman Mike Lowell injured his thumb, shortstop Alex Gonzalez injured his hand when he was hit by a pitch, reserve outfielder Rocco Baldelli has a strained left hip flexor and reliever Manny Delcarmen injured his back and neck in a car accident Saturday on his way to the ballpark. Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that the status of Baldelli and Delcarmen probably won't be determined until Thursday morning, when rosters for the first round of the playoffs must be submitted.
November 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Michael Miller
MTV has agreed to make changes to its controversial new reality series “Scrubbing In” after several nonprofit nursing organizations protested how the show depicts the profession. The remaining episodes will be edited to include more scenes that highlight nursing skills and the show was also been moved from 10 p.m. to midnight, where viewership will be decreased, Variety reported. MTV will also consult with the nonprofit The Truth About Nurses regarding any future nurse-related programming and promote a Web feature called “Day in the Life of a Nurse.” The show, which debuted Oct. 24, follows nine nurses from different parts of the country as they immerse themselves in Orange County life.
November 15, 1990
Nearly two dozen fifth- and sixth-graders from Los Feliz Elementary School got a chance to act the part of surgical nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hollywood Wednesday during the hospital's observance of National Operating Room Nurse Day. Dressed in surgical "scrubs," they washed their hands and arms in antiseptic solution and then were taken on a tour of the surgical wing. They were even given a peek at a minor surgery in progress, said Kaiser Permanente spokeswoman Linda Quon.
September 6, 2004
Re "Some Bus Drivers Ban Breastfeeding, Protesters Allege," Sept. 1: It is well known that breastfeeding benefits the health of a mom and baby in myriad ways. Nursing a baby is also easier and more convenient than bottle-feeding. I suppose that's why the state Legislature passed our "breastfeeding anywhere" law. Nevertheless, some people are offended when a mom chooses to breastfeed in public. The answer is simply to use a baby carrier that allows discreet breastfeeding.
June 30, 1993
I would like to address the issue of the proposed closures of the UCLA School of Nursing at the bachelor of science level and the severe curtailment of the graduate program. The School of Nursing has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation and fulfills a critical need in California for registered nurses prepared at the bachelor's level and nurse practitioners prepared at the master's level. California is a debtor state in this need for nurses. This issue has received scant attention from both the print and electronic news media.
September 5, 1987
The story laid out clearly the issues involved in the growing shortage of trained medical personnel in nursing. The article addressed the decreased female numbers and how males, now 3% of nurses, are not filling the void. As a member of this minority, I feel there is a dynamic for this, i.e. not wanting to do what is perceived as "women's work." Teaching went through this struggle and I hope nursing can round this corner as well. I believe a name change could do no harm, as it is not a title that inspires high school and college-age males.
April 20, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Two on-duty nurses were stabbed in separate incidents at Los Angeles-area hospitals Sunday, leaving one of them hospitalized in critical condition, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. The first stabbing occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar at around 2 a.m., when a man entered the hospital, made his way past a weapons screening area and into the building. Sheriff's deputies searching for him heard a scream that led them to the victim, a female nurse who'd been stabbed in the upper body.
April 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 26-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Sunday after he ran into a Sylmar hospital and stabbed an on-duty nurse, authorities said. Ramiro Carnalla entered Olive View - UCLA Medical Center about 2 a.m. and went around the hospital's weapons screening area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Carnalla then ran into the building with security guards and deputies trailing after him. As authorities searched the hospital, they heard a woman scream and found a nurse who had been stabbed several times in the upper and lower torso, authorities said.
April 14, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump money into reforming major problem areas, including the jails and foster care system, while expanding county medical staffs to manage the transition to federal healthcare reform. As part of a $26-billion spending plan that builds on post-recession economic improvements, Chief Executive William T Fujioka called for adding more than 1,300 positions to county government, including nurses, social workers and staff for the newly created Sheriff's Department inspector general.
April 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Ani Ucar
A former patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accused the hospital of negligence in a lawsuit filed Monday in which she said she was sexually assaulted last year by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery. The woman alleged in the suit that the hospital failed to adequately respond to complaints of sexual assaults involving the same employee dating back more than a decade. In addition, the patient said Cedars-Sinai never interviewed her or made any effort to investigate after she reported the assault to the hospital June 13. Her lawsuit said she made several attempts to speak to someone at Cedars-Sinai before being told that the employee had been fired and that she could report the matter to police if she wanted further action taken.
April 4, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
California's registered nursing board has eliminated a backlog in licensing paperwork for approximately 4,000 recent nursing graduates, state officials have reported. But Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), who helped organize a town hall hearing on the delays Thursday in Modesto, said she remains concerned about license applications for 7,000 students set to complete their training in May and June. "Will it all start happening again?" Olsen said Friday in an interview. "It's unclear whether the breakdowns in the system have been fixed completely.
April 1, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
A patient who claims she was sexually assaulted by a nursing assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center while she was heavily medicated described a feeling of helplessness when the alleged crime occurred. "It's devastating," she said, to be victimized "when you're incapacitated and not yourself and weak and scared. " The Times generally does not name alleged victims in sex crime cases. Authorities are now investigating allegations the nursing assistant, who has since been fired, sexually assaulted two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews.
June 27, 1999
As the administrator for Integrated Health Services at Orange Hills, one of the facilities mentioned in [a chart accompanying] the May 28 front-page article "Remedying Nursing Homes' Ills," I have to say I've never read a more indolent piece of journalism. The erroneous and misleading statement regarding the patient's death is flat-out wrong. The patient did not die of an infection as a result of the staff not washing their hands. The doctor's medical report clearly disputes this accusation.
July 8, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Nursing home operator Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $670 million in damages for understaffing at its 22 assisted-living facilities in California. The verdict against the Foothill Ranch company came in Humboldt County Superior Court in a class-action lawsuit brought by patients and family members. The jury found that Skilled Healthcare violated the California health and safety code that requires nursing homes to maintain 3.2 nursing hours per patient per day, said Tim Needham, one of the plaintiff group's lawyers.
March 31, 2014 | By Ani Ucar and Jack Leonard
A nursing assistant who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews. The women came forward separately last year and gave Los Angeles police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were being treated at the hospital. Detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area.
March 22, 2014 | By David Colker, Los Angeles Times
The fee that Josephine Serrano Collier paid in 1946 for the application to become a policewoman in the Los Angeles Police Department was just $1, but it cost her much more than that. Not only was her family against it, her fiance broke off their engagement. And she was bucking a feeling of mistrust in the Latino community toward the police. But Collier, who had lost her Rosie-the-Riveter job at Lockheed at the end of World War II, needed work and felt she could be a liaison between the community and the LAPD.
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