Lorie McCarren, 43, a former licensed practical nurse (LPN) at St. Catherine’s Manor, admitted to stealing 26 oxycodone pills from residents and falsifying documents.
McCarren, of Grace Street in Washington Court House, appeared in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Thursday and plead guilty to four felony charges.
She was indicted Sept. 29, 2016 on seven charges. Three charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement with the state. The four charges McCarren plead guilty to are three counts of theft of drugs, fourth-degree felonies, and one count of falsification in a theft offense, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
McCarren signed out oxycodone pills for four residents between Aug. 9 and Aug. 15 but never gave the patients their medications. All of the residents had prescriptions for the medication.
The family of one of the residents complained to the staff that their family member had not received their medication at all during the entire day. The staff member, who checked the medication sheet, said that it had been indicated on the sheet that the resident had received their medication. The family began yelling and insisted that the resident had not received medication. The resident was given their medication.
McCarren was confronted by a co-worker as to why a narcotics data sheet was altered, and McCarren replied she was confused if it was day or night because she had been working so much. She was asked to take a drug test, at which point she went into the bathroom and came out and said she tossed the urine test cup in the toilet and then gave it back dry.
A co-worker reported that in a conversation with McCarren, she appeared very sluggish and slow with her movements while working, had pinpoint pupils, was unable to keep her eyes open, and had garbled speech.
McCarren sent a fax one night to a doctor to try get a prescription for pain medication. The doctor did not give the order.
McCarren is scheduled for sentencing March 27 at 8:30 a.m.
A woman who had stolen liquid morphine while working as a registered nurse at Court House Manor in Washington C.H. was sentenced in October to two-and-a-half years in prison.
St. Catherine’s Manor, at 250 Glenn Ave., earned the 2016 Silver Achievement in Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).
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