My very first LPN job, the RN was stealing drugs. We both worked nights, and she began stealing more than usual. I reported many times that I thought something fishy was going on, but it seemed no one was interested. But they were interested. I think they at first considered it to be me, but they finally caught the RN red handed.
That RN would have had no problem letting me get fired. What really upsets me, that you can't fire someone for this, they get to have counselling, and get their job back. Wow, if I ever missed giving drugs to my patients, and say sold them, instead of ingested them, I would be fired, and lose my liscense.
Where else can you steal, and hurt people, and get away with it? Could you see the judge saying to a person who ran over someone while on drugs, oh thats ok, your just addicted, go in peace and use no more, heres your keys back.
BTW, I read in a nursing paper a while back, that some nurses not only take the duragesic patches off pts back, but then the swallow them as well. yuck.
I think if you stay silent, and it gets into court, you'll be coupable as well, I would go to the state, and find another job. Keep good and accurate account of what you see, and keep it with dates and names. Keep account of your action, who you told, and how often.