VA Nurse Endangers Veteran, Pays For It

Richard Pieri is a Pennsylvania nurse who was called to work to help with an emergency surgery. From the moment he walked in, it was clear he didn't want to help the U.S. veteran in need.

Pieri was assigned to tasks such as getting the patient ready for surgery, preparing operating room materials, and monitoring the patient’s vital signs during the procedure. Although, after he walked through the front door of the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, he should have never been given access to the veteran.

Unfortunately, no one did anything to stop him. Before he was called to help with the emergency appendectomy, Pieri had been drinking excessively at the Mohegan Sun Casino. He was visibly drunk, and the nurse struggled with logging into the computer system. Yet, he was still cleared to go into the operating room.

It wasn't until he prepared the patient and made it through the post-midnight operation that a coworker reported what they witnessed. Surveillance video from February 4 confirmed the reporting employee’s claims and Pieri was charged with recklessly endangering another person, DUI, and public drunkenness.

Pieri said he forgot he was on call when he decided to get drunk at the casino. Thankfully, the veteran was unharmed.

Photo: Washington Post

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