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Paterson nurse facing manslaughter charge has credentials suspended

PATERSON — A nurse charged with stabbing a man to death had her certification temporarily suspended by the state while the charges against her are pending.

Shaquana S. Bradley, 27, had her certification temporarily suspended as a result of being accused in the killing of 31-year-old Kayson Scott. She was charged with aggravated manslaughter and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The stabbing came after a fight with Scott’s uncle who Bradley had reportedly been dating, Attorney General Christopher Porrino said.

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“Certified homemaker-home health aides are trusted to care for our most vulnerable loved ones, often without supervision,” Porrino said. “The crime alleged here demands the immediate surrender of the certification of the accused.”

The surrender order was signed on May 9, but if convicted of the charges she would be subject to permanent suspension or revocation.

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“The Board of Nursing acted quickly in this case to ensure the integrity of the entire home health aide profession and the safety of others,” said Steve Lee, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “The Division and the Board are committed to ensuring the safety of New Jerseyans receiving in-home care.”

As part of the surrender Bradley cannot work as a homemaker-home health aide. That includes doing nursing tasks normally done by a professional nurse.

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