Barnstable nurse indicted for alleged drug theft

Here is a recent case in the news. Interestingly, it appears that one of the explanations given by the nurse was that she got “kicked out” of the HER (i.e., it timed out), which is why there were undocumented doses. I have recently heard this same explanation at another facility. Blood testing of residents was done here to ascertain whether they received the missing medication. -Kim New


By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

CHATHAM — A licensed practical nurse from Barnstable was indicted Thursday by a Barnstable County grand jury, according to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office.

Cassie Van Buren, 43, is charged with 17 counts of larceny of a controlled substance.

The indictments stem from an investigation at the Liberty Commons Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Chatham, where Van Buren worked.

On July 20, police were called to the center after managers found discrepancies between two logs that nurses use to track medications given to residents, according to a police report. Blood samples were taken from the two residents on July 14, and there was no trace in their blood of the drugs that should have been administered, the report says.

When Liberty Common managers interviewed Van Buren, she stated she must have forgotten to enter the medications in one of the logs or that she had gotten “kicked off” the electronic health record system, but that she had administered the drugs, according to the report.

Van Buren is the second Liberty Commons nursing staff member to face criminal charges over drug larceny in the past two years. In October 2015, Katie Eager, of Barnstable, then 28 and a registered nurse, admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of obtaining drugs by fraud and one count of larceny of a drug. The charges against Eager were continued without a finding until Oct. 20, 2017.

Published by: Cape Cod Times

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