Nurse Saves License after a Failed Drug Screen
On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in on Friday, November 22, 2019
When a hospital patient realized 20 Adderall pills were missing from her newly filled prescription, the hospital drug tested every one on the floor. Without knowing if our client was even caring for the patient in question, she was screened and subsequently tested positive for Adderall. The nurse maintained her innocence, claiming that while she did take Adderall recently without a prescription, she did not steal prescription medications.
This put her license and career in serious jeopardy, so we starting investigating. It became obvious that the hospital had very lax drug controls in place, and it remained unclear if our client interacted with the patient. We used all of this to negotiate to reduce the penalties for failing a drug screen and secured a 12-month diversion program. This let her continue working with the only conditions being drug screenings and temporary administrative supervision while administering controlled substances.
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