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YOLANDA G. KACHMAR v. COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA (06/02/89)

decided: June 2, 1989.

YOLANDA G. KACHMAR, PETITIONER,
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE, WOODVILLE STATE HOSPITAL, RESPONDENT



PETITION FOR REVIEW FROM THE STATE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION

COUNSEL

Jonathan B. Robison, Lee R. Golden and Dorothy E. Voelker, Robison, Golden & Voelker, Pittsburgh, for petitioner.

John Kane, Chief Counsel, Harrisburg, and Jeffrey P. Schmoyer, Asst. Counsel, Canonsburg, for respondent.

Doyle, Palladino and Smith, JJ.

Author: Doyle

[ 126 Pa. Commw. Page 294]

This is an appeal by Yolanda G. Kachmar from an order of the State Civil Service Commission which affirmed Kachmar's removal from her position as Psychiatric Nurse Instructor I, regular status, with the Department of Public Welfare, Woodville State Hospital (Appointing Authority).

The Commission found that by letter dated October 15, 1987 Kachmar had been removed from her position effective at the close of business on October 16, 1987 on a charge of unacceptable and inappropriate conduct. As a Psychiatric Nurse I Kachmar's duties included conducting orientation programs for newly employed nurses. During the course of such an orientation program in September of 1987 Kachmar made numerous inappropriate comments to the orientees including, as the Commission found:

A. That the state had "f/--ed her (Kachmar) over."

B. That a staff psychiatrist had had sexual relations with patients.

C. That the chief administrator was a "raggedy woman."

D. That all staff aides were lazy.

[ 126 Pa. Commw. Page 295]

E. That one-half the administration ...


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