Nurse Charged With Stealing Morphine From Elderly Dementia Patients in Nursing Home

Police have arrested a woman who investigators say stole pain medications from elderly dementia patients in a nursing home where she worked. The former nurse pleaded innocent to charges of prescription fraud last week. The woman was arrested in January after facility staff reported to police that they suspected morphine was being stolen from the facility.

According to detectives, the records of four patients at the facility indicated that they had received morphine, but only a portion of the dosage was actually being given. In each entry, the nurse administered 2 milligrams of a 10 milligram vial of morphine. The nurse then recorded that she “wasted” the remaining 8 milligrams in the vial. The nurse complied with the policy when she recorded the waste, but the facility also requires another staff member to witness the disposal of excess medications. In this case, the nurse had written illegible signatures to make it appear that the disposals were witnessed, when in fact, they were not.

When confronted by detectives, the nurse originally denied involvement. However, she later admitted that she forged the signatures and used the morphine herself.  The nursing home has revised its policies to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. 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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