Nurse Sent to Prison After Stealing Morphine from 105-Year-Old Nursing Home Woman

A former nursing home nurse who added tap water to a painkiller prescribed for a 105-year-old nursing home patient  was sentenced to prison Friday. U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers on Friday sentenced the woman to three years in prison under a plea deal that will allow her early release if she successfully completes a drug treatment program. The nurse has also been barred from ever working in health care again.

According to court documents an on-duty charge nurses reported discovering empty bottles of morphine to the nursing director, and all personnel were drug tested. The nurse sentenced failed, but passed two subsequent urine tests but only because she used urine from another employee.

In November 2010, the nurse added tap water to the morphine bottle of a 105-year-old resident to conceal that she had ingested it. The nurse already had a history of drug abuse when she was hired at the facility. She had been caught stealing hydrocodone from nursing home patients just months before she was hired by the second facility. The facility claims that they had no notice of the prior allegations. 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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