Case Result: Nurse Accused of Diverting Narcotics Has Investigation Dismissed

Registered Nurse

Primary Issue:
A Michigan nurse was terminated from her position at a prominent area hospital following allegations from the pharmacy that she had diverted narcotics. The hospital performed an internal audit and terminated the nurse. The termination for drug diversion was reported to the state pursuant to the Public Health Code and resulted in a state investigation. The nurse retained our attorneys to represent her.

The nurse explained the factual circumstances of her termination for drug diversion from the facility and the documentation process for removing, administering, and wasting of controlled substances. Our attorneys were able to assess the status of the state’s investigation and direct the investigator’s attention to major deficiencies in the investigation. Primarily, any alleged proof that the investigator claimed to have within the medical records and Pyxis reports substantiating allegations of drug diversion of narcotics and/or documentation errors were insufficient. Our lawyers successfully advocated on behalf the nurse at the investigation meeting.

A few weeks later, the nurse received a letter from the State of Michigan, indicating that the allegations of drug diversion were insufficient to substantiate a violation of the Public Health Code, as there were no documentation errors or proof of drug diversion. Our client was vindicated and, more importantly, her nursing license is intact and without blemish.

Areas of Law:
Nursing License Defense
Drug Diversion
Nursing Standards of Practice

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Case Lawyers

Aaron J. Kemp

Senior Attorney

Chairperson of Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs

Michigan Office
1441 W. Long Lake Road, Suite 310
Troy, MI 48098
Phone: (248) 644-6326

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