Veteran died at Iowa VA hospital after nurse shut off monitoring alarms

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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — A 65-year-old Army veteran died at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Des Moines after a nurse shut off monitoring alarms that would have signaled he needed care, according to newly disclosed state records.

At a public hearing to determine whether registered nurse Bernard Nesbit should get unemployment benefits after his dismissal from VA Central Iowa Health Care System, a human resources specialist for the hospital testified that an internal investigation showed Nesbit turned off the alarms before Michael Deal's death March 29, the Des Moines Register reported. The unemployment benefits were later denied.

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