Nurse Fights for License After Sex With Dying Patient
Amber Van Brunt, of Shawnee, Okla., says she had a sexual relationship with Chris Reiter, a patient who was battling Lou Gehrig's disease, according to The Oklahoman. Still, she says that the relationship was consensual and is asking a judge to reverse the state nursing board's decision to revoke her license for 20 years, a decision she calls a "miscarriage of justice."
"We hope the hearing will show the board of nursing's 20-year revocation was far excessive in light of a consensual relationship between two adults during off-hours," Van Brunt's attorney, Kimberly Stevens, told AOL News. "Hopefully the judge will either decrease her penalty or send it back to the board for rehearing."
Van Brunt, 33, says her sexual contact with Reiter took place while she was off-duty. The nursing board says this is still unethical.
"The nurse is the professional in this situation. It is the responsibility of the professional to say no to the vulnerable patient," the board's attorney said.
Van Brunt began caring for Reiter in November 2009. He was married and had been told he had no more than six months to live. He tried to kill himself in March 2010 after Van Brunt told him she was pregnant by another man, according to the nursing board.
He died in May 2010. His wife says he starved himself to death.
A hearing is set for Wednesday.
Read more at The Oklahoman.