Registered nurse suspended indefinitely for diverting controlled substances for personal use.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by: Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1634115 , Decision Date: April 11, 2016 
Attachment: Click here to download the decision. 

While working in the emergency room of a hospital, a registered nurse repeatedly withdrew controlled substances from an automated medication administration machine, and failed to document that she thereafter administered them to patients.  The results of a drug screen indicated that the nurse had three controlled substances in her system.  Finding that the nurse’s conduct violated the laws governing the practice of nursing, the Court upheld the Georgia Board of Nursing’s proposed sanction whereby the nurse would be suspended until she could demonstrate twelve months of continued sobriety and thereafter placed on probation.

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