Nurse Arrested Update.........

  1. Well the plot does thicken, that's for certain. First off, until all charges can be proven, her license was suspended for 90 days. BUT, enough witness came forward that "Based on these findings, and nature and severity, the state believes Couse presents a clear and present danger", stated N. Renee Gallagher, deputy attorney general. Couse did not appear for her hearing. Several co-workers came forward, stating they had recieved as many as 200 pills each from her themselves, that they alledge she took from med carts. Eight of these witnesses came forward, sounds to me like either they were buying and had remorse or was trying to prove she was dispensing, not sure which but couldn't that be perceived as a set up???? One witness states she witnessed her giving the patient a solution of pink liquid under his tongue the morning before he died. (Could that have been cough syrup?) That's some of the highlights but you can read the full article at I think it would have looked much better has she shown up, but maybe she didn't want to face all the publicity.
  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   shay
    I read your post yesterday, Duckie. Man, I just simply cannot believe that. It just blows my mind when people are caught diverting, this is just over the top.
  4. by   l.rae
    thanks for the update duckie....LR
  5. by   duckie
    Because of the small area that this happened in, many people knew her personally. I know I have spoken to at least 25 people and they are all convinced she did it, just on what they have told me they know about her personally. Makes me wonder if family members of the residents of that facility might now insist on further investigations??? That is a small facility, I don't know if they are owned by a larger corperation but if not, I look for them to fold, this could kill them financially. With so many witnesses coming forward, this really puzzles me. Was she just giving these drugs away? If so, why bother, was she selling? No mention of that charge. Why would you go to all that trouble just to give drugs away? I'm really getting confused by this case myself!!!!!
  6. by   PennyLane
    It does sound fishy that she would disperse the pills to coworkers, not just to feed her own drug habit, if she had one. Strange. Keep us updated.
  7. by   JonRN
    I saw her picture on TV last night on the news. She looked insane. Maybe it was a bad picture or she was having a terminal bad hair day.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    This without a doubt the most bizarre thing I have seen. what's in the water in that town, Duckie? Good grief.
  9. by   RN2B2005
    I don't know much about addictions, but don't people usually divert for personal use, or to sell for profit? It seems a little odd to me that she would take the time and trouble required to divert such a large amount of medication (200+ pills?!) and then decide to just hand them out.

    Makes me wonder if the "witnesses" are being entirely truthful. I hope this comes out OK for all involved.
  10. by   Lausana
    Ditto to above post. Why are these witness appearing and suddenly concerned with what going on. If they knew this they are just as guilty especially with patient deaths involved. Very wierd story. Thanks for the update Duckie!
  11. by   duckie
    To be honest, some of the things being stated in the paper are confusing me. She USED to be a very pretty girl but has lead a very HARD type life. I could give you so much info on her that it would blow your mind but quite frankly, I don't want drawn into this mess and I'm afraid I would be. I am absolutely positive that at least some of the charges are true, BUT I cannot say anything about her involvement in this man's death, that I don't know. I only know what I saw years ago, and some of it was NOT to her best interest. I will follow this one till the bitter end.
  12. by   deespoohbear
    Maybe I am just being stupid here, but wouldn't somebody notice that amount of pills missing and rather quickly. I could see how someone could divert one pill or so on an occasion and possibly get by without being caught. But the amount she is accused of diverting is just unreal. Seems like the clue phone would have been going off someone's head (say, like pharmacy maybe?) And what about the counting of the narcs at the change of shift? Wouldn't the counts have been screwed up? I know at the end of our shift if the count is off we can check the MARS and account for the med.

    Something stinks here.....:stone
  13. by   duckie
    In many of the nursing home in that area, not all meds, such as Darvocet, Lortabs, Tylenol#3, Xanax, Ativan, Prozac, etc are not counted shiftly as long as they are on punch cards. I know this is nuts, but that is the way if is. Also, remember LTC has many confused residents that do not know what or if they receive their meds, to be exact, your Alzheimer's units, and such. I heard of one nurse that took a syringe and withdrew the medication out of a Duragesic Patch prior to applying it to resident. Also read of one that boiled old patches and injected it. I always ask someone to witness my destruction of Duragesic Patches, as we recently had 4 new ones stolen off residents in one night. I check all my patches at shift change and at each med pass, and at end of shift. Believe me, a crafty person finds a way and I have heard of some real weird stuff.
  14. by   deespoohbear
    Weird. I know people who need/want drugs can be very crafty in how they get them. I just can't believe that quantity of meds could be missing and no one notice.

    Boiling Duragesic patches and injecting the solution. I hadn't heard of that one...learn something new everyday....