License of Whatcom County nursing assistant who assaulted 2 disabled clients pulled

The state Department of Health has pulled the license of a Whatcom County nursing assistant convicted of slapping two vulnerable adults she cared for while working at a Blaine residential facility for developmentally disabled adults.

The state also permanently revoked the other credential Adriana Gonzalez held as a health care assistant because of the assaults, the agency announced recently.

In January, she was convicted in Whatcom County District Court on two counts of fourth-degree assault for striking the same two adults, who lived at Eye-Sign.

The Eye-Sign residents were described as mentally, physically and functionally impaired.

The state agency permanently revoked Gonzalez's credentials because of the following incidents in 2009:

- August - Pushing down on the shoulders and then slapping the face of a person identified as Resident A when she tried to stand.

- Aug. 17 - Slapping Resident A across the mouth when the patient began to choke and spit out the soup Gonzalez was feeding her. Kicking the legs and feet of a patient identified as Resident B while he sat in the common area watching TV.

- Sept. 1 - Slapping Resident A after she threw a book that struck a care provider on the ankle.

- Sept. 18 - Cursing at the same patient, then slapping her across the mouth because she put her fingers in her mouth. Gonzalez slapped the woman's face again the same day for spitting out her food.

- September - Slapping Resident B across the forehead as he slept.

Gonzalez refused to cooperate with the investigation, according to the state Department of Health.

Her credentials to practice as a nursing assistant and a health care assistant had expired prior to the state's decision to permanently pull the credentials.