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To The Editor:

My name is Dustin J. Trimm, and I am being held in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility without bail. On Feb. 17 I filed a Grievance Form against Nurse Robinson who is a RN here at the facility for doing tests that require her to get blood from inmates.

Nurse Robinson was doing these tests at the tables that we (inmates) eat at and during the exact time that we (inmates) were eating. I filed this grievance because we (inmates) found blood spots on the table, stool and floor.

We (inmates) also found a used alcohol pad on the floor that had been used during these tests and had been misappropriately dropped on the floor by Nurse Robinson or by the inmate who had the test.

On Feb. 19, I received the Grievance Form back stating that “All medical tasks are to be conducted in designated locations (Medical Room, Medical Cart, Housing Unit Multipurpose Room).”

All nurses except Nurse Robinson have complied with this order.

On March 3 at approximately 7:45 a.m. I witnessed Nurse Robinson in the Sub Pod of my housing unit with an inmate who was the inmate that Nurse Robinson had previously taken blood from and was the reason for the grievance to be filed.

I informed Officer Bonno, who was in charge of our pod at the time, that Nurse Robinson was supposed to use the Multipurpose Room due to a grievance that I had filed.

When Officer Bonno informed Nurse Robinson that she had to go to the Multipurpose Room, she looked right at me and smiled and then looked at Officer Bonno and made some comment that I did not hear and simply continued to do the test.

Nurse Robinson ignored a direct order from Officer Bonno. I was instructed by Officer Bonno to talk to Officer Dutch regarding this matter for he was the (TS) tour supervisor (acting sergeant) for the shift.

I approached Officer Dutch, who was just entering our Pod while Nurse Robinson was leaving our Pod. The door closed and I began to explain to Officer Dutch what had taken place.

Apparently Nurse Robinson heard the conversation and quickly turned around and started shaking her finger at me and yelled through the glass window, “No one will tell me how to do my job.”

Not only is Nurse Robinson being negligent by intentionally ignoring direct orders and violating health code standards, she is putting all SLCCF inmates’ health as well as the concern of the correctional facility staff, employees and volunteers at risk.

We (inmates) are tired of being continually treated as objects and request that Nurse Robinson be held accountable for her deliberate actions of disobeying direct orders.

Do you think a verbal reprimand is enough to preclude a further continuance of this type of neglect?

Dustin J. Trimm

SLCCF Property

St. Lawrence County Jail


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