The state Department of Health has suspended the license of Grant County certified nursing assistant, Mary Jane Collins, after Collins was found to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a disabled patient who has mental illnesses.
The state found Collins committed unprofessional conduct while employed by In-Home Care of Central Washington as a caregiver for the patient, referred to in state documents as Patient A, from October 2010 to June 2011.
Documents said Patient A has depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, as well as neuromuscular and skin disorders.
Collins worked in Patient A's home four to five days a week, documents said.
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The unprofessional conduct is reported to have started after Patient A's mother died in February 2011.
Documents said Collins began hugging and kissing Patient A's neck when Collins would finish her shift at Patient A's house, and Collins once lifted her shirt and exposed her breasts to Patient A.
Collins then began sleeping at Patient A's house while she was supposed to be working, documents said.
Patient A reported Collins' behavior to In-Home Care of Central Washington in June 2011 after she began feeling unsafe having Collins as her caregiver. Collins then was fired from her job, documents said.
At a hearing in May, Collins reportedly admitted to having a personal relationship with Patient A but denied that her conduct was inappropriate.
Collins' license was suspended for two years.
-- Michelle Dupler: 582-1543; firstname.lastname@example.org