Attorney General's office, Trenton, N.J
New Jersey -- A nurse captured on camera slapping a patient who was on a ventilator has permanently surrendered her license to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing, rather than deal with the consequences.
Dorothea Harvilik, was terminated from a home health agency after being caught on camera by a patient's mother noticed scratches on her son's hand, became suspicious and set up a hidden camera.
According to Attorney General Christopher Porrino Harvilik was fired for "professional misconduct which relates adversely to patient care or safety."
Harvilik has been licensed as a nurse since 1986.
"These are sickening allegations involving the mistreatment of a defenseless patient," Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said. "Patients as vulnerable as this young man are at the mercy of their medical caregivers and Nurse Harvilik allegedly showed him none. We will act swiftly and aggressively to protect patients from being abused by bullies masquerading as healthcare providers."