Head Nurse to Stand Trial in Connection With Woman’s Death at Cameron Park Care Facility

The former head nurse at a Placerville nursing home will stand trial for felony elder abuse in connection with the 2008 death of a 77-year-old Cameron Park woman, an El Dorado County judge ruled Tuesday.

More than 4 1/2 years after the death of Johnnie Esco, Judge Daniel B. Proud found there was sufficient evidence to move forward in the criminal case again Donna Darlene Palmer, 58, a registered nurse.

Palmer, who was then director of nursing at the El Dorado Care Center, was one of two nurses at the facility charged criminally by the California attorney general. The second nurse, 39-year-old Rebecca Smith, negotiated a deal earlier this month with the state.

Smith, a licensed vocational nurse, agreed to plead no contest to felony elder abuse in exchange for a possible suspended jail term and her willingness to help prosecutors in their pursuit of Palmer.

The attorney general contends that both nurses failed to perform their duties or to adequately supervise staff in caring for Esco, who died a painful and unnecessary death – despite a devoted family that surrounded her daily, according to testimony and state documents.

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Head Nurse to Stand Trial in Connection with Woman’s Death at Cameron Park Care Facility

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2 Responses to “Head Nurse to Stand Trial in Connection With Woman’s Death at Cameron Park Care Facility”

  1. StandUp Says:

    There seems to be an increasing number of articles about bad and greedy nurses…

  2. Thelma Says:

    Neglect by a head nurse, no less?

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