Nurse has serious probs...abuser? - page 2

I happened upon this site while I was searching for information. I am not a nurse, but a member of my family is and it's beginning to look like we could have a serious problem. I am terribly... Read More

  1. by   jfpruitt
    I guess I'm just too big of a coward to try anything like that. Plus, I have worked WAY to hard to get my license to get it taken because of that NOT to mention the impaired judgement this would cause while working a shift. But, I guess if your addicted and need the fix, you would be desperate enough to risk everything. Wshhh. That is scary!
  2. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by jfpruitt
    I guess if your addicted and need the fix, you would be desperate enough to risk everything.
    Exactly.
  3. by   fab4fan
    One thing...whoever these "professional" co-workers are, they need to shut their yaps NOW...they are setting themselves up for possible litigation.

    If any of them try to talk to you about the situation, shut that conversation down right then and there...no ifs ands or buts. It's none of their business, unprofessional, and just asking for a world of trouble.
  4. by   moonrose2u
    years ago, i did some occasional super work at a local ltc.

    i had a pt with bone cancer who was on some heavy hitting drugs to pain...the pt would complain over and over every morning that she didn't get her medication through the nite/

    i noticed that when a certain nurse worked, this pt said she didn't get her med, but the med was signed off as given tot he pt

    the nurse appeared to have some type of personal issues...hair frequently unkempt, clothes wrinkled. etc.

    i handled it very discreetly, and went to the don and told her my suspicions after i approached the nurse about the patient's accusations and received a hostile response; in fact i was appalled to hear from other staff (she talked to them, i didn't) that she felt that i "singled her out for her diversity"..i almost puked over that...guess, since she was of a different culture, i should have looked the other way...??

    the don told me in essence, not make waves..night shift was short and they needed her....it was clearly evident that nothing would be done about the situation, and i felt frustrated about this issue...moreover, i was uneasy about being privy to possible litigious situation, and i ended up leaving the job..what started out stealing from one pt could have escalated into more meds from more pts...6 months after i left, the same nurse was still there...and nothing had changed..

    i learned my lesson well..should i suspect something like this in the future, i won't waste time going through the channels....keep it to myself and look for another job....
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by moonrose2u
    i learned my lesson well..should i suspect something like this in the future, i won't waste time going through the channels....keep it to myself and look for another job....
    Great patient advocacy.
  6. by   deespoohbear
    I won't go into a whole lot of specifics here, but the facility I work at there is an ongoing situation with a health care professional stealing narcs and falsifying scripts for narcs. Supposedly this situation was reported to the proper state officials. The health care professional is still working, just not in direct patient care. This has happened twice now. Lots of tension on our units about this situation...really disrupting the morale of our unit and our hospital...:stone:

    I know that addiction is a disease and requires treatment. But sometimes it appears that this particular health care professional is getting rewarded with "desk" jobs that other nurses should have D/T more seniority, experience....very sticky situation right now....

    I hope that your SIL gets the help she needs. It is very tough on the family and friends who have to watch this happen to someone they love....just don't be an enabler...give her emotional support, but don't support her in her lies...make her accountable...she will never be able to overcome her addiction if people keep ignoring the fact she has a problem....best wishes...
  7. by   canoehead
    I think we have a responsibility to report diversion of meds to the state, adult protective agencies, or even the DEA if we know that it is happening and the facility isn't acting. The patients are suffering- not as if it is a "victimless" crime.
  8. by   -jt
    <i learned my lesson well..should i suspect something like this in the future, i won't waste time going through the channels....keep it to myself and look for another job....>

    You dont have to go thru channels. You could make a call to your state board & let them deal with the channels. Otherwise, if anything happened with that nurse & lawyers for the pt or hospital tracked you down at your new job to give a deposition on what you knew when you worked with her, youd have to lie, 'cause if you admitted that you knew or suspected what she was up to & did nothing, you could lose your own license for violating your nurse practice act & failing to protect the pts.

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