Quote from Gonesilent13
I am not in the medical field so be patient with any miss use of terminology.
I am here because I have an issue with my wife who is a nurse. I am under the belief that she is diverting or taking meds from work. She is an admitted alcoholic/ addict who has been left untreated for the last 18months. She has had multiple relapses that I have accounted to drinking. I don't think it was alcohol now that I have found more evidence. About a month ago I found a vial of dilaudid in her work coat. There was only a small amount left in the vial. Two weeks later it was still there, then gone when I checked last night. Yesterday I was in her bag looking for tape and there was a used needle, empty vial of morphine, and a wipe that had been torn open then replaced in the wrapper.
I asked her and the response I got was extremely defensive.
I'm not sure what to do. Last thing I want is someone to get hurt if she's doing it. Is it normal to end up with narcotic vials,used needles, and wipes in your pocket at the end of the shift. Seems like there would be a protocol for disposal of these things. If nothing else I'd expect a nurse to toss the swap in the trash and the needle in the sharps.
Any help on standard practices and polices of hospitals would be benificial. I don't want to turn my wife in as that's a hard thing to do. I do understand the addiction side as I'm in recovery myself. I'm not expecting her to be perfect but left untreated someone will get hurt or possibly die.
Your wife is sick and she needs help NOW!!!! I have worked a Medical/Surgical floor for most of my nursing career and I can tell you that "There is NO Reason"
for you wife to have a "Used Needle" or "Left Over Medication Bottle" in her jacket, bag or purse.
When a nurse take's out pain medication for their patient, the medication will either be the dose ordered or require some to be wasted. Most hospital's require that prior to the medication being given that a waste is documented in the medication dispencer the hospital has. This waste requires another nurse. So if I am getting your original comment correctly.
It seems as if your wife is either...
1. Pulling Narc's on a patient who is not asking for the Narc's, for her own use
2. Keeping the waste of the Narc's she is pulling for her patients
Either one of these is considered diverting.
I am not sure what state you are located in, but you wife need's to do something NOW. It sounds like she is in full denial here. I am sorry you are going through this, but I am here for you if you need to PM with anything.