I’m a Nurse Charged with Stealing Narcotics, but I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong. What Should I Do?
By Barbara Forshier on September 6th, 2022 in
I am a Minnesota Nurse Charged with Stealing Narcotics, What Should I Do?
If you are asking this question because you have in fact been charged with stealing narcotics, you will need to get in touch with a Minnesota nursing license defense attorney. Being accused of stealing narcotics is an extremely serious situation, one that can lead not only to the loss of your license but to criminal charges. If the complaints against you have reached the point of investigation, they likely have some evidence that ties you to the crime. You need an attorney fighting on your side as soon as possible.
In these situations, those who are innocent of the charges made against them are often in one of two situations. They may be the victim of poor training. A nurse who consistently overdoses on narcotics, even by a little bit, or incorrectly disposes of pain patches or other medications could be tied to losses in the facility’s inventory. A nurse may also simply be the unwitting victim who unintentionally brings inventory flaws to light. Nursing facilities are not perfect, and they can fall prey to inventory issues or mistakes. If one nurse is unlucky enough to use those meds often enough, the facility could accuse the nurse before investigating the inventory system.
Another cause: another nurse could actually be stealing narcotics and taking steps to put the blame on you. Signing meds out under your name or using your employee PIN to fill prescriptions, falsifying your signature on the documentation, or otherwise tracing stolen meds back to you could absolve them of blame and leave you to take the fall. This is an extremely serious situation, and it’s one that often requires rigorous investigation.
Being accused of stealing narcotics isn’t like having poor bedside manners or not understanding the unspoken rules of coworker communication and conduct. It is a severe accusation that could prevent you from even having a nursing career by the time the situation is over. Hire a Woodbury nursing defense attorney, provide all the evidence they ask for, and follow their instructions. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you can protect yourself from these accusations by simply telling the truth. The truth is not always an absolute defense! If the Board of Nursing believes they have compelling evidence against you, it does not matter how passionately you plead your case and claim innocence. You need equally strong evidence to protect yourself and your license. A strong nursing license defense attorney can be all the difference in these cases, and Barb Forshier is ready to fight for you. Contact our firm today.