New York officials recently arrested a nurse, claiming she stole the credit card of a patient who was under her care and later used it to purchase groceries and gas. The nurse has worked as a healthcare provider at the Staten Island University Hospital since 2007.
What is the impact of these allegations?
These allegations are not yet substantiated. Even so, the nurse has already faced the following repercussions as a direct result of these allegations:
- Termination of employment. Due to these allegations, the hospital temporarily suspended the nurse and is considering firing her from her position.
- Professional investigation. The state nursing board will also likely investigate the allegations. This could lead to additional fines and the suspension or even revocation of her nursing license.
- Criminal charges. The state has charged her with multiple crimes, including grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Depending on the details of the charges, the nurse could face potential imprisonment and monetary fines.
It will be imperative for the nurse to build a defense to the allegations, both for the criminal trial and if she is called on for a hearing before the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions or board of nursing.
The case provides an important lesson for all within the nursing field. Those facing criminal charges face more than the repercussions that can come with a conviction—they could lose the ability to continue in their chosen profession. As such, it is wise to act to protect your interests and build a defense tailored to the situation to help better ensure you preserve your nursing license.