Drug-Abusing Nurse Convicted of Stealing Narcotics at Troubled Nursing Home
A nurse who worked at the Eden Park Nursing Home was recently convicted of possession of a controlled substance and given a suspended sentence of six to 12 months in jail after she tested positive for oxycodone. She must serve 15 days on a work crew, and she was placed on probation. She was also ordered to participate in a substance abuse treatment program and cannot work in a job that gives her any direct access to regulated drugs.
The nurse was arrested in January after a patient's supply of narcotic tablets was taken from a locked medication cart. The nurse had prior drug use problems, and her license prevented her from administering controlled substances and using any non-prescription drugs. Her nursing license was suspended as a result of the conviction, and she was fired by the nursing home. Read more about the nurse's problems.
The nursing home chain at which the nurse was employed has a history as troubled as the nurse's. Over the last several years, the nursing homes had problems with financial mismanagement, retaliation against a "whistleblower", improper restraint use, improper medication storage, failing to provide dietary services, failing to perform criminal background checks on employees, failing to report and investigate abuse and neglect, failing to follow patients' care plans, and failing to provide patients with working call bells. The nursing home chain experienced additional problems with resident-on-resident abuse, including patients who swat at staff and other patients, throw chairs and medical charts, and grab staff by the throat and limbs causing injuries that required medical attention. The facilities also experienced problems preventing and treating pressure ulcers (pressure sores, bed sores, decubitus ulcers) in many patients. Read more about the nursing home's problems.
After reading all of that, who wants to admit their loved one to an Eden Park facility? Who wants their loved one to receive care from the facility that brought you the drug-abusing nurse? Who even wants to work at an Eden Park facility? I didn't think so . . .
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
Posted on Sat, May 24, 2008
by Robert Carter