Florida Nurse Suspended for Suspected Drug Use

A nurse employed at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Florida, had her license suspended this month for drug-related offenses which occurred in 2012. There was an emergency order from the Florida Department of Health issued this month. She worked at Oak Hill Hospital between 2010 and 2012, and was required to submit to a drug test last year due to “suspected impairment and diversion of Dilaudid” from the hospital, according to a report.  The  drug screen tested positive for the pain-killers Dilaudid, benzodiazepines, and methadone. The nurse denied taking drugs from the hospital.

Oak Hill Hospital fired the nurse in January, according to the report, and she was admitted to the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN), where she tested positive for hydromorphone one month later. She was terminated this summer from the program for failing to comply with requirements, and reporting to a department investigator in May that she stole Dilaudid from Oak Hill Hospital for personal use in May 2012.

The Florida Department of Health placed an emergency restriction order on the nurse, which went into effect in November.

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