Fairview Ridges nurse charged with stealing patient drugs

A Fairview Ridges nurse allegedly stole prescriptions from her patient, popped the pills herself, and then crashed into another vehicle in Burnsville, injuring the driver. Full Story
Publius

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 29, 2011
Another damn good nurse for toder to defend.
Diamond

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Mar 29, 2011
Geez! I hope I never have to go to the hospital. It's starting to sound like most medical personnel are addicted to drugs. Do they do random drug testing?
oh lordy

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 29, 2011
Diamond wrote:
Geez! I hope I never have to go to the hospital. It's starting to sound like most medical personnel are addicted to drugs. Do they do random drug testing?
I suspect they do, but ironically, most drug testing "catches" marijuana users and little more being that stays in the system upwards of a month and the opioids and alcohol clear in a couple days. Someone with a steady narco habit would show up positive, but someone who is an "occasional" user takes these drugs and rolls the dice they won't have a test within the next couple of days. Drug tests ironically push people to use harder, more addictive drugs for those who care to imbibe. Another ineffectual approach to drug policy.
Minnesota observer

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Mar 29, 2011
Why did it take so long to charge this nurse? The story seems relatively clear cut. And a felony?? Seems a little harsh.

Either way, this girl is an AMATURE. If she wasn't, the pills would have been somewhere other than in their original container. She also wouldn't be flying high driving a car... not exactly a goal when using these meds.
Publius

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Mar 29, 2011
Minnesota observer wrote:
Why did it take so long to charge this nurse? The story seems relatively clear cut. And a felony?? Seems a little harsh...

Stealing people's medicine not a big deal to you?
Minnesota observer

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Mar 29, 2011
There seem to be alot of crimes against children and vulnerable adults, drunk driving crimes and various other acts which seem far worse than stealing someone's pills. Yes. Many of those crimes are misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors and seem to have a worse impact on the victim than having their pills stolen. Damage to the victim should absolutely be considered.

In most cases, if you can prove your prescription was taken and the prescribing doctor sees a police report, you can get a new prescription.

And really, if this crime happened in July and the formal charge was recent enough that it's in today's paper -- that is LAME, I don't care how you feel about the penalty. It's ridiculous it took so long. The girl has probably been to rehab already.... hopefully.
Proud Republican

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Mar 29, 2011
We've got to close these hospitals!
EMP

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Mar 29, 2011
Close what hospitals? Fairview? Yeah. That makes sense...or not...
handy danday

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Mar 29, 2011
Diamond wrote:
Geez! I hope I never have to go to the hospital. It's starting to sound like most medical personnel are addicted to drugs. Do they do random drug testing?
Nope, they don't.
eagle526

AOL

#13 Mar 29, 2011
I have been an inpatient in Ridges on more than one occassion. Jessica has taken care of me quite a few times. Imho, she was one of the best nurses in that hospital. Every morning when the day shift nurses came on I hoped that Jessica would be my nurse for that shift. She always took great care of me and treated me with dignity and respect. Fight this Jessica!
SeaShark

Eden Prairie, MN

#14 Mar 30, 2011
Publius wrote:
Another damn good nurse for toder to defend.
Have to wonder if Toder's nurse knows that her attorney's brilliant legal skill helped seal the fate of his previous client, Denny Hecker.
adamh2o

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 30, 2011
Diamond wrote:
Geez! I hope I never have to go to the hospital. It's starting to sound like most medical personnel are addicted to drugs. Do they do random drug testing?
I think a lot are addicted, or at least like getting high. I know two nurses personally who told me they take some of their patients narcotic painkillers and so do other nurses on the staff. Seems pretty common.
Keen Observations

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Mar 30, 2011
Nurses need to be subjected to random drug testing, this is amazing that they are not already with such access to narcotics of all kinds.
Yikes

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Mar 30, 2011
Is it just me or does "New World Order" rambling poster sound a little nutty? Paranoid schizo? Over-medicated? Under-medicated??!?

All I was going to say, it would make sense to do drug testing on nurses, nursing aides and other professionals who have contact patients. It would be smart to do it randomly after they are hired too. I'm 100% unclear if they do that now or not.
Publius

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Mar 30, 2011
Minnesota observer wrote:
There seem to be alot of crimes against children and vulnerable adults, drunk driving crimes and various other acts which seem far worse than stealing someone's pills....

Pills are often life-saving you dolt.
Publius

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Mar 30, 2011
eagle526 wrote:
I have been an inpatient in Ridges on more than one occassion. Jessica has taken care of me quite a few times. Imho, she was one of the best nurses in that hospital. Every morning when the day shift nurses came on I hoped that Jessica would be my nurse for that shift. She always took great care of me and treated me with dignity and respect. Fight this Jessica!

Was she the Head Nurse there?
The new FEE

Saint Paul, MN

#24 Mar 30, 2011
Yikes wrote:
Is it just me or does "New World Order" rambling poster sound a little nutty? Paranoid schizo? Over-medicated? Under-medicated??!?
All I was going to say, it would make sense to do drug testing on nurses, nursing aides and other professionals who have contact patients. It would be smart to do it randomly after they are hired too. I'm 100% unclear if they do that now or not.
Sounds like the weirdo from Turtle Lake, WI to me... LOL! Jerry Person, is that you??

Your suggestion to test every nurse feels very much like our border. Rather than secure the drugs in the workplace (or close the Southern border) instead, the policy is to presume guilt before innocence and test EVERYONE (or arrest all drug users.) Kind of a backwards approach. Limit access and we won't need to delve into peoples' private lives (and bodies) as we are doing now.

Thank you to the poster who outlined the hiring procedures above. Curious at best.
Considering 25% of America is "unemployable" because of prior criminal offenses that show up on background checks, however, you have to ask if 100% sobriety is needed to empty bedpans, etc. Seems like a tough way to make a living. Be careful what we ask for or NO ONE will get a job anymore, and we might have shortages of nurses.

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