Nurse Accused of Stealing Pain Medication Continually Hired By Nursing Homes and Hospitals

A nurse addicted to pain killers was hired by nursing home after nursing home after she kept getting fired for suspicion of stealing drugs from previous facilities. The nurse, 42, avoided law enforcement for several years before she was finally jailed.

The nurse was arrested on felony charges after stealing Vicodin (narcotic pain medication) from two of her former nursing home patients, yet she was still hired by another nursing home, as director of nursing, where she once again stole drugs from patients.

In December the attorney general's office filed a complaint against the nurse. An internal investigation by one of the nurse's former employees revealed that on 69 occasions, the nurse withdrew doses unaccounted for by physician orders or chart documentation.After that, the nurse worked at eight different nursing homes, many of which also fired or her.

The law requires nurse's to "self-report" instances of termination. Unfortunately many of them do not. When the nurse was asked on subsequent applications whether she had ever been discharged from employment, the nurse replied "No," However, according the the attorney general's complaint, the nurse had been fired (or quit due to disciplinary issues) by nine different employers. The action taken by the attorney general will likely result in revocation of the nurse's license. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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