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Nurse of the Week

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (CN) - A nurse was sentenced to 4 days in jail for punching a 91-year-old patient in the mouth. Joan Rogers, 59, punched out an elderly woman who was in a Kaiser hospital for a hip fracture, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

Rogers pleaded no-contest this week to misdemeanor elder abuse. The 91-year-old patient apparently didn't want to take her medicine.

Prosecutor Steve Wagstaffe told the Examiner that another Kaiser employee saw Rogers punch the patient "with a fist in a hammerlike motion." Wagstaffe told the newspaper the woman "suffered a lip laceration which bled profusely."

Rogers allegedly told a supervisor that she was "only defending herself," the Examiner reported.

Kaiser reported Rogers to police and to the Board of Registered Nurses.

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