The Washington State Department of Health immediately suspended the license of licensed practical nurse Michael Gullett (LP.00050848) pending further legal action. The Nursing Commission referred this case to the secretary of the Department of Health based on sexual misconduct.
The charges allege that while working at a long-term care and rehabilitation facility in Shelton, Gullett had sexual contact with a 92-year-old woman who suffered from dementia. Gullett has been charged in Mason County Superior Court with three counts of indecent liberties, a felony.
Gullett cannot practice as a licensed practical nurse in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the charges and the suspension.
The legal documents on this case can be seen online by clicking the link on Provider Credential Search on the Department of Health website; copies can be requested by calling 360-236-4700. Anyone who believes a health care provider acted unprofessionally is encouraged to call this number and report their complaint.
The Department of Health protects and promotes public health, safety, and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers. The agency establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline. Rules, policies, and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to people in Washington.
Another Nurse Charged with Unprofessional Conduct
Also this month, the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Bevin Lamreux Crotty (LP60804175) with unprofessional conduct. Crotty allegedly couldn’t be found when she was to board a school bus with a special-needs student for whom she was assigned to provide care. Crotty was then allegedly seen coming from the vicinity of a men’s bathroom, confused, disheveled, disoriented, and with blood on her sweatshirt. Charges say staff members reported finding blood splatter and a duct-tape tourniquet in the bathroom. Crotty boarded the bus to escort the student, according to charges, but when a school district administrator and law enforcement contacted her after she left the bus, the administrator allegedly observed that she had blood on her hands and sweatshirt, that her pupils were constricted and pinpoint, and that her reactions were slow. The nurse declined to submit to a drug screen, charges say, but allegedly subsequently told a Department of Health investigator that she is a former heroin user.