Former Redwood City Kaiser nurse to serve four days for punching patient, 91 

A former nurse at Kaiser Hospital Redwood City will serve four days in county jail for punching a 91-year-old female patient in the mouth who refused medication.

Joan Rogers, 59, of San Carlos, was also slapped with two years probation Monday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor elder abuse stemming from the outrageous patient beating on Oct. 29, 2009, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

The elderly patient was being treated for a hip fracture and became combative when Rogers tried to administer medication through her IV line, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Another hospital employee who came to help Rogers heard the patient yell for Rogers to stop. The employee saw Rogers strike the patient in the mouth “with a fist in a hammer-like motion,” Wagstaffe said.

The “victim suffered a lip laceration which bled profusely,” Wagstaffe said.

The hospital employee who witnessed the assault reported the attack to her supervisor. Rogers told the supervisor she was “only defending herself,” Wagstaffe said.

In a statement Tuesday, a hospital spokeman said Kaiser Permanente contacted police as soon as it learned about the incident, and also reported Rogers to the Board of Registered Nurses.

Rogers was ordered to surrender to jail April 16.

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