January 23, 2006

Whatever you do, don’t call for the nurse

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese nurse who tried to relieve her
work stress by tearing off patients' nails was sentenced Monday
to three years and eight months in prison.

The 32-year-old Japanese woman, who worked at a hospital in
the ancient capital of Kyoto, tore off the fingernails and
toenails of six female patients in September and October 2004.
The patients were all immobile after strokes or other

The Kyoto District Court said the woman had committed the
cruel acts to relieve stress she was under from extra work
forced on her by her supervisors.