NY sanctions Syracuse nurse who took drugs from hospital ER

By James T. Mulder

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A Syracuse nurse who took prescription painkillers from a hospital emergency room for her own use has been fined $500 by the state and put on probation for four years.

The state Education Department charged Shannon M. Salva, 47, a registered nurse, with professional misconduct after she was convicted in 2012 in Oswego County Court of second-degree falsifying business records, a misdemeanor, in connection with the drug theft.

Salva was arrested by state police in 2011. She was accused of making phony entries in an automated dispensing machine in the ER of Oswego Hospital to get Dilaudid, a narcotic painkiller, for her own use.. After pleading guilty to the criminal charge, she was sentenced to a three year term of probation and ordered to pay $250.

Nurses and other licensed health professionals convicted of crimes are automatically charged by the state with professional misconduct and subject to disciplinary actions such as fines, license suspensions and revocations.

The hearing committee that reviewed Salva’s case decided not to suspend her license because she has received counseling and was cleared by a psychiatrist to return to work. The committee said Salva has worked successfully for the last 18 months as a nurse case manager in a non-clinical setting, a position that has no exposure to drugs.

During probation, Salva will have to submit to the state quarterly reports from a doctor or other health professional, showing whether she is substance-abuse free and fit to practice.

Published by – Syracuse.com

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