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'Can No Longer Care For Harold' Nurse Writes Before She Abandons Him

A woman who was caring for a disabled 92-year-old man decided to quit in the middle of her day. She left the man, who needs round-the-clock care, alone for his wife to find. She left behind a resignation letter with a pathetic excuse as to why she crept out behind the wife’s back, leaving the husband in danger.

Jenna M. Boyle, 23, acted on a whim one day and quit her job. Unfortunately, her job was taking care of a senior citizen who had suffered from two strokes, and who wasn't supposed to be left alone.

Being a private caretaker is a difficult job, and it’s also a very heavy responsibility. After all, a human being’s life and safety are in your hands. You are hired to ensure that an elderly or disabled person is not only secure, but you’re supposed to ensure that they’re comfortable and happy. That’s the responsibility people like Boyle are taking on when they accept a job.

Boyle penned a brief note for the man's wife and took off before the woman got home, but her excuse was just plain sad. It was no reason to leave her patient without care, or to leave the clients in a bind.

Barbara Longley, the man’s wife, had been out running errands that day, thinking her husband was in good hands. She came home to find her husband had been abandoned by his hired caretaker. She found Boyle's note. "I want to apologize for leaving this way, but I feel I can no longer care for Harold," it read.

Apparently, Boyle discovered that Harold Longer had public insurance, not private insurance. She was not certified to work and be paid under the public insurance and decided that there was no point to sticking around.

It seems that the job wasn’t right for Boyle, and that’s fair enough, but it’s how she went about her departure that is horrible. She could have done things differently from the start. She could have asked about the insurance to make sure she would be certified to work under it from the start. When she realized the mistake, she could have talked to Mrs. Longley, worked something out with her, and given her reasonable notice to find someone else. At the very least, she could have waited for Barbara to return to explain what happened before quitting and walking out.

She seems to be satisfied that she left a note, though. "Also, I really feel like I need this time to get working on my service hours. I don't want to do this, and again, I apologize," Boyle concluded. "He ate his lunch good, and I gave him his breathing treatment and [medication]. He is good until 4:00."

Barbara didn't know what to do so she called a nurse. The nurse told her to call authorities and report Boyle so that she won't go on to endanger another elderly person in her care. Barbara didn't want to get Boyle in trouble but realized she had to take action so the girl wouldn't be left in charge of other disabled patients.

Boyle is now facing charges of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. Waiting a few days, or even a hours, would have resulted in much less trouble. Patience is a virtue, and Boyle will have to learn it the hard way.

Source: MailOnline
Photos: Police World, Daily Mail

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