A disciplinary appeal hearing ended Wednesday for Gertrude Shaw, the Edgemoor Geriatric Hospital nurse suspended by the county after a patient in one of her wards drowned in a bathtub while unattended.

Shaw, who is accused of trying to cover up the error of an assistant who worked for her, contends she has been made a scapegoat for all the county's problems at Edgemoor.

She is appealing her 40-day suspension to the county Civil Service Commission. Commissioner Darlee Crockett, who conducted the hearing, said it would take at least two weeks to reach a decision in the case. Crockett will then submit that decision to the full commission for its approval.

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