Former Nurse Pleads Not Guilty

  1. 06/01/2004
    Former Nurse Pleads Not Guilty



    06/01/2004
    Former Nurse Pleads Not Guilty


    A former nurse accused of taking powerful pain killers meant for her patients answered the charges against her today.

    Thirty-five-year-old-year old Jessica McMahon pleaded not guilty to two counts of stealing a controlled substance. According to court papers, McMahon took doses of demerol intended for patients at Sioux Valley Hospital, and kept them for herself. She resigned and turned in her nursing license. Her trial is scheduled for September.

    If convicted, McMahon could face up to twenty years in prison.


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  2. 201 Comments

  3. by   teeituptom
    and if she is guilty then she fully deserves it also

    No Sympathy from me here
  4. by   wandering_rn
    Quote from teeituptom
    and if she is guilty then she fully deserves it also

    No Sympathy from me here
    She certainly has my sympathy. Nursing is demanding and depressing- no wonder so many end up abusing drugs. I've only been out for 2 years- but am alrealy investigating other career options.
  5. by   teeituptom
    yes nursing is demanding
    but it doesnt excuse drug theft and usage

    If you dont like nursing go and do something else
    but dont steal and do drugs

    no sympathy at all
  6. by   saum2406
    If she claims to be not guilty, then why did she turn in her Nursing License?
  7. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    The same place in me that has sympathy for the nurse also feels very, very strongly that there is never an excuse for committing an act such as this.

    She needs not to be a nurse. We are only as strong as our weakest link. People depend too much on the integrity of the nurse caring for them. If she did this, she lacks the integrity.....

    She needs to go through the appropriate treatment and punishment systems, and start over again as something else.

    Not looking to start a discussion on how corrections departments don't correct, though..... Thanks.
  8. by   nursesareangels
    I work on an Oncology floor as a Registered Nurse. I am like the rest of the group. I feel badly for her as person, she must have needed some help. But, I do not condone what she did, how she did it, and how many people she hurt. I believe in pain control 110%. I , unfortunely would not have been too kind to her if she had been working with me. My patients come first and I always make sure that their pain is under control.
  9. by   leslie :-D
    absolutely no sympathy. nada.
  10. by   roses369
    Stealing is never right. Taking a sick person's medication, if found guilty she should get a stiff sentence. I know that she needs medical help too. I think of the poor patients who were in pain and couldn't get anything else..
    New shift comes on- Can I have something for pain- check the MAR- sorry you have your med it will be another 6hrs or longer. She should be a shame of herself.

    Yes, medical personell can have problems, but we should know where to go get help.
  11. by   CHATSDALE
    You Are Torn In Two Different Directions When You Hear Of Something Like This You Know That Some Pt Hurt Badly Because Of Her....but You Also Know What She Went Thru To Get License And Now It Is All Thrown Away Because Of Bad Decisions.....i Hope That She Gets Some Help....and No She Does Not Need To Get Back In Pt Contact Where The Temption Will Be There Again
  12. by   barefootlady
    Like most of you my first reaction was anger after reading this story. Now I feel sad. So much work, so much effort down the drain for drugs. Patients suffered needlessly because of her actions. I hope she gets help. I hope she realizes what she did was shameful. Mostly I hope these patients and their families do not hate and distrust all nurses in future circumstances.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    sad situation all around. It's just sad.
  14. by   mattsmom81
    if she were to admit she had a problem, ask for peer assistance she would likely be given a chance to redeem herself if she seeks help for addiction. Wonder why she hasn't done so?

    This is either a trumped up charge or she is fairly sure they can't prove it, IMO.

    Real addicts in healthcare can be very sneaky in laying blame for narc discrepancies on another so I think every nurse accused of this deserves a chance to be innocent til proven guilty.

    I was relatively naive to how addicts can operate til one night as an agency nurse my supervisor took the narc keys from me, which 'appeared' later on the counter and a whole box of Demerol was missing. And she swore she had returned the keys directly to me. We can't be too careful out there today.

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