Nurse Sentenced to Prison After Stealing Morphine From Elderly Nursing Home Man

A nurse was sentenced to a year in prison this week for stealing morphine prescribed to a nursing home patient and replacing it with a muscle relaxant. The 31-year-old licensed practical nurse (LPN) pleaded guilty to one count each of misdemeanor patient abuse and felony drug possession.

The charges stem from an incident last May, when the LPN stole the morphine from an elderly male resident and substituted the pain killer with a weaker drug, according to officials. The nursing home reported the incident to police after other employees witnessed the theft. The nurse admitted in court that she stole the drug for her own personal use.

The LPN was sentenced to the state women’s prison for 12 months, with half of the time suspended providing she complete two years of probation, counseling, and pay a $350 fine. The judge also advised the woman that the clerk's office would be notifying the board of licensure of the two convictions. 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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