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Veteran's Affairs Scandal

Agency punishes nurse whistleblower

25 Jun, 2014

A nurse working at a VA facility in Albany, NY claims her supervisors turned on her when she reported mistreatment of patients and stolen drugs. After Val Riviello reported that doctors had restrained a patient for seven hours, violating a VA rule, she was punished. She said the restraints are for patients who are a threat to themselves and others, and they are supposed to come off when that is no longer the case. 

That’s really kind of barbaric.

She is now working in an office cubicle and has been stripped of her nursing duties and supervisory role at the facility.  Rivello is facing a 30-day suspension without pay.