Thurston County nurse suspended after mistreating patient

The state Department of Health Nursing Commission suspended a Thurston County nurse’s credentials after she brought home a developmentally disabled, non-verbal adult and locked him in a bathroom.

According to a Department of Health press release, Robin N. Johnson won’t be allowed to practice for at least 12 months. She must complete a psychological exam before her credentials are reinstated.

Johnson was employed by Avail Home Health, a Yakima-based company that provides in-home care across the state.

Several times Johnson took the patient, bound him and locked him in the bathroom. She often left him unattended, leaving the house for hours.

Johnson said she had been abused by her husband, and he ordered her to bring the patient home and lock him up.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445