I don't have this all figured out - but I believe they have to report missing narcotics or
they genuinely believe
that they have to. Or they know they can get away with scaring nurses by conflating the issue of one undocumented pill with this
Whether it was intended to include incidents like the above are anyone's guess. But they have come out very strongly in recent years that they "must
" report any missing controlled substances.
I don't think it's as much reporting a nurse as it is about reporting what they think they have to report regarding their stock of controlled substances, and not getting caught being lax about some missing narcs. So, as far as the reporting itself, I don't think have an option to consider circumstances, although in their employment decisions and disciplinary actions they do have options. And probably options regarding reporting to BoN, depending on the state.