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State board takes disciplinary action against several nurses

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM

The state Board of Nursing has taken disciplinary action against the license of several area nurses who tested positive for illegal drug use while on duty at area hospitals.

On Sept. 14, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a report on disciplinary actions taken by the state Board of Nursing in August.

The actions include a license revocation and a stay of revocation against the license of Registered Nurse April D. Treadway of Erwin.

According to the board, evidence indicated Treadway diverted narcotics from the Johnson City Medical Center beginning in 2010 and used Oxycodone while on duty at the hospital on April 15, 2011.

Her employment with the hospital was terminated on April, 27, 2011, and in August of that year she entered a three-year monitoring agreement with the Tennessee Professional Assistance Program.

Treadway was in compliance with the terms of the monitoring agreement last month when the board revoked her license and issued a stay of the revocation in lieu of a three-year license probation term.

The board suspended the license of Licensed Practical Nurse Samantha J. Stout of Elizabethton for testing positive for benzodiazepine, cannabis and methadone while on duty at Sycamore Shoals Hospital on April 24, 2011. She resigned from the hospital the following day.

Stout was evaluated by the TPAP in May 2011 and recommended for residential alcohol and drug treatment and monitoring, but in August of that year failed to respond to communications from the TPAP needed to complete her enrollment in the program.

In order to avoid further administrative action, Stout agreed to a license suspension imposed by the board last month. The suspension will remain in effect until she completes and complies with the recommendations of another TPAP assessment and the TPAP finds it is safe for her to resume practicing.

If Stout enters a monitoring agreement or other contract with TPAP, the board will lift the suspension and place her license on probation for a period of no less than three years.

The board revoked the license of LPN Kimberly D. Johnson of Johnson City for failing to comply with recommendations of a TPAP assessment and abandoning communication with the TPAP as required by a previous suspension of her license in February 2011.

The board stayed the revocation and reinstated the suspension of Johnson’s license for 180 days during which time she must undergo another TPAP assessment and comply with any recommendations resulting from that evaluation.

If Johnson enters a monitoring agreement with TPAP during the 180-day stay, the suspension will be lifted and her license will be probation for no less than three years. If she fails to comply with TPAP recommendations during the probation term, her license will be automatically revoked.

The board suspended Johnson’s license in February 2011 after she tested positive for cannabinoids in a mandatory drug screen conducted following an accidental needle stick suffered while she was treating a patient at Centennial Unicoi County Memorial Hospital on Oct. 19, 2010. Her employment with the hospital was terminated on Oct. 27, 2010.

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