Nurse Indicted in Theft of Drug from Nursing Home

A registered nurse was indicted on two charges for taking a Fentanyl patch for a 91-year-old woman in a nursing home was suspended by state regulators. The resident told staff that a nurse had removed the old patch but did not replace it because she said she had an emergency in the next room.

According to state regulators, the nurse was suspected by fellow staff members when she stated that she discarded an old patch that was on a resident and replaced it with a new one. The facility’s procedures require additional staff members to verify that the medication was thrown away.

State investigators were able to link her DNA to the missing patch and the nurse later admitted to having a history of pain that required medical treatment. The nurse is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug and a misdemeanor for allegedly taking the patch from the nursing facility. She faces up to 3 to 7 years prison on the drug possession charge.  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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