The role of a school nurse is unique amongst the nursing profession. These nurses need to make critical decisions on their own, as an assisting physician is rarely on site. As a result, school nurses are often experienced professionals that excel in their field. They address illness, injuries, and assist students with chronic care needs, like those with allergies or mental health issues. In some cases, this requires the management of medications.
Managing prescription medications is a serious responsibility. A failure to properly account for the medications can lead to allegations of wrongdoing, as was recently highlighted in a case involving a school nurse accused of stealing students’ medications.
School nurse arrested, accused of stealing students’ prescriptions
Authorities recently arrested a middle school nurse based on allegations she had stolen medications from her students. The nurse allegedly had over 200 pills in her possession. These pills included medications like Ritalin and Adderall. She is currently on administrative leave until authorities complete the criminal investigation.
The nurse faces punishment from both the government and the licensing board. Criminal charges could include a felony charge of theft by taking. In addition to the penalties that come with the criminal allegations, the nurse will likely loose her license. As a result, she may be unable to practice in her profession even after she pays restitution and meets any other criminal sentencing as the courts see fit.
Lesson extends to all school nurses, take allegations of wrongdoing seriously
The case provides an example of the far-reaching consequences of allegations of wrongdoing within the profession. Nurses who find themselves facing similar allegations are wise to act to protect their interests. An attorney experienced in legal matters within the nursing profession can discuss your options, touching on both the criminal and professional implications of the allegations.