Nursing Center to Investigate Youth Center where Osceola Teen Died

JULY 21, 2005 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT

ALEXANDER, AR - Six nurses involved in the care of an inmate who died after collapsing at the Alexander Youth Services Center will be investigated by the state Nursing Board.

A board report says the nurses violated a state law and several board regulations.  The report was provided to state officials after they asked the board to look into how the nurses cared for 17-year-old LaKeisha Brown of Osceola, a center resident who died April 9.

Brown died from a blood clot that traveled to her lungs.  The girl was to be released May 1.  An internal investigation by the Division of Youth Services in the state Department of Human Services suggested that medical personnel and others at the center may not have responded properly to the girl's repeated complaints about her health.

Deborah Jones, assistant director of nursing practices for the state, said that, after its initial look at Brown's care, the Nursing Board now plans to investigate each nurse's involvement in what happened.  The nurses could be disiplined or lose their licenses.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)