IMPAIRED NURSES 2
Impaired Nurses Nurses who use Drugs IllegallyA Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN,) who works for the local hospital for about 10 year, sheis conscientious and is respected by her peers and management. A Registered Nurse (RN), whothe LPN does not know well, was covering her; the RN was responsible to do all the intravenous(IV) medication pushes for her. She asked the RN to give a patient some pain medications IV push. The patient complains one hour later that he did not receive pain relief. After speaking tosome colleagues, the LPN hears from other colleagues that when this RN works the patients areunable to receive pain relief. The LPN informs management of her concerns. After extensiveinvestigation, management and a few of the RN's close colleagues, who were concerned for her health, conducted an intervention with the RN. It seemed that she had fallen into the drugaddiction trap. After injuring her back two years ago, the RN was taking prescribed Oxycontin.The RN started needing the medication to believe she was normal. When she could not get anymore medication from her doctor, she started diverting medication from the Pyxis system at thehospital. She and her spouse divorced and her addiction started to escalate. She worked severalshifts of overtime so that she would have access to the medications that she craved. She was infear of being caught and started taking the medication that was ordered for the patients. She wasashamed and did not know where to turn when the intervention occurred.
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