OVH nurse charged with assault

Police say she attacked resident on Christmas.
Courtney Astolfi
Jan 1, 2014
An Ohio Veterans Home nurse is facing felony charges for allegedly assaulting an 83-year-old patient Christmas Day at the Perkins Township facility.

Karin Serdynski, 55, of Lorain, was charged with patient abuse and assault, each fourth-degree felonies.

On Christmas evening, Serdynski was administering medication to a veteran who served in the Korean War when the man became uncooperative, Ohio Veterans Home police Chief Gabe Ferencz said.

The man had taken his pills with a sip of orange juice, but when he refused to swallow them, Serdynski allegedly grabbed onto him.

Reacting to the nurse’s actions, the man spit out the medicine and juice — with some of the mixture landing on Serdynski.

An aide later described the incident to Ohio Veterans Home police. She said Serdynski then “became angered and out of control” Ferencz said.

Serdynski allegedly grabbed the man’s arms and began shaking him. When he turned away to avoid Serdynski’s onslaught, she grabbed him a second time, struck his back and pulled on his hair, Ferencz said.

The nurse’s aide then intervened — she stopped Serdynski’s alleged assault and reported it to supervisors. The entire incident played out in just a few seconds, Ferencz said.

The veteran suffered bruises on both arms and fingernail scratches on his scalp, consistent with the aide’s account of events, Ferencz said.

"We don’t know why she did it, other than it appears she lost her temper” Ferencz said.

Serdynski has been a nurse at the Ohio Veterans Home for four years. In that time, she has only been reprimanded twice for tardiness, Ferencz said.

The man, meanwhile, only recently moved to the Perkins Township facility. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. He moved to OVH from Defiance, Ferencz said.

“He was treated here and is doing fine” Ferencz said.

Serdynski is currently banned from the property, but is still employed by the Ohio Veterans Home pending an administrative investigation.

She was arrested Dec. 26 and taken to the Erie County jail. Serdynski posted $10,000 bond and was released about two hours after she was brought in, according to jail documents.

Serdynski appeared at an arraignment hearing Dec. 27 in Sandusky Municipal Court. Her plea hearing is slated for Jan. 8, according to court documents.



That place is a meat grinder. Every minute on the job is a virtual emergency. Management's decision to divert money into questionable infrastructure projects as opposed to hiring replacement workers has resulted in unprecedented under staffing. Certain tasks absolutely must be accomplished with less staff. Minimum staffing requirements are accomplished by way of requiring endless 16 hour shifts from remaining personnel. Imagine 16 hours on your feet, one or two breaks "if" you are lucky. The reality is...most people are dealing with it as best they can, and for those who are monetarily motivated, the overtime is certainly there. On the other hand, there is always a certain percentage of those who will crack under the strain. It is only the beginning of a situation that I'm sure their management must have foreseen, and simply decided that sweetening a privatization deal with a pretty building rather than maintaining a safe and professional staff for it's veterans, was priority. I for one, am grateful to those who are sticking it out.


That place is a hellhole, the Vets deserve great care but it is so corrupt it will never happen. Why? Because it's government/union ran.