THE STRANGE CASE OF NURSES STEALING DRUGS FROM PATIENTS IN VIRGINIA
- November 29, 2018
Imagine for a moment, that you have just undergone surgery and are recovering in the hospital. At this time, you will be in need of painkillers or relaxants to cope with your discomfort and anxiety, but, ultimately, you notice some pills are missing. How could this have happened? According to reports, it is not because the doctor forgot to write a larger prescription. Back in 2014, the News Leader conducted a statewide investigation on medical facilities in Virginia and found that an estimated 900 nurses (publicly disciplined from 2007 to mid-2013) were responsible for stealing and using drugs in the workplace. Let’s take a closer look at the strange case of nurses stealing drugs from patients and see what is being done about it.
Nurses and Drug Addiction
Based on the study from Virginia, the following statistics were drawn up from a series of investigations with nurses, doctors, and other members of the medical field:
- Patients suffering from pain did not receive the correct amount of medication because a nurse was stealing from them.
- Employers have a hard time pinpointing nurses with drug addiction or abuse problems but do not always report these cases to state lawmakers.
- Despite the fact that Virginia employees are required to report addiction problems among nurses, employers do not have to pay fines or account for a failure to report these issues.
- During the time of the study, nurses were not forced to undergo background checks, as health care is not considered a high-risk industry.
- Two-thirds of nurses who enroll in the healthcare worker rehab program do not successfully complete it.
Back in 1998, healthcare officials intensely lobbied for the inclusion of monitoring in the regular practice, which was ultimately updated by lawmakers in Virginia. Unlike past programs that only treated addiction as an emotional weakness, these new monitoring programs identify that addiction is serious and dangerous if left untreated. Rather than punishing the addicted nurses, officials will require they enroll in rehabilitation programs.
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