The Florida Department of Health has come across a shocking revelation. They have found a registered nurse taking regular shots of opioids. The nurse has admitted to doing this and, as a result of which her license has been canceled.
Nurse, High On Opioid
However, The nurse, Christine Eckles, was employed at the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. The Florida Department of Health said that in an emergency order to restrict her license was filed on December 30, 2019. She was flagged in August 2019 for possible diversion.
Although Eckles had to go through medical tests, the DHS staffers made her do a urinary screen, and the results came back diluted. She was caught having an empty and unlabeled vial of Dilaudid. This is a controlled substance, and it was found in her purse.
Later on, she admitted to having opioids and injecting the leftovers while she was on the job, according to The Florida Department of Health. This has questioned the stance of the hospital in which the nurse was employe din.
Eckles Self- Reported
According to the health department, Eckles self- reported to an intervention program for nurses and was evaluate din September 2019. Her hair was submitted for testing. When the results of the test came, she was diagnosed with a moderate opioid disorder.
She was even unable to practice nursing at her best due to this disorder.
However, A statement was released by Robert Meade, CEO, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, who said, “We have strong safeguards in place to ensure ours patients receive high-quality service. They alert us to a possible issue. We immediately took action as per our policies and followed the appropriate recording protocols, which included reporting to the Florida Board of Nursing.”