Anne L. Fisher has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges accusing her of pretending to be a licensed practical nurse and stealing drugs and personal items from three elderly people. The 29-year-old is charged with multiple counts of larceny above $250 from a person that is either over the age of 60 or disabled, larceny of drugs, larceny from a building, assault and battery on a disabled person or one over 60, and practicing practical nursing without authorization. Such crimes, depending on the specifics, may be acts of Massachusetts nursing negligence.
According to police, Fisher, whose certified nurse’s aide license expired in 2012, was hired to give prescription meds to three elderly persons at a Western Massachusetts retirement community. An Easthampton pharmacist who examined the pills after it seemed they weren’t working discovered the medications had been substituted with over-the-counter pills, such as ibuprofen and antihistamines.
Fisher allegedly stole hundreds of prescription meds-including OxyContin, Xanax, diazepam, and other kinds of pills-from the three female patients. She is also accused of stealing jewelry and other expensive items from one of the women.
Massachusetts Nursing Neglect
It is important that nursing patients are administered the correct dose and type of medication at the right times. Failure to do so may lead to serious health issues and even death.
If you believe that your loved one was injured or suffered serious health complications because a nursing home, nurse, or caregiver was negligent or engaged in some kind of wrongdoing, please contact our Boston nursing home abuse law firm right away. Unfortunately, patients-especially elderly ones-are at risk of becoming the victim of nursing home neglect at assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and even in private care. Sometimes the negligent party is a nursing professional. At other times, the offender is a close friend or family member.
Nursing negligence may involve physical, emotional, or verbal abuse. Failing to provide the proper care is a form of neglect. You want to make sure that you speak with an experienced Massachusetts nursing neglect attorney right away. It is also important that you remove your loved one from any type of neglectful or abusive situation.
Police allege Ann Fisher posed as nurse without a license, stole prescription drugs, GazetteNet.com, December 15, 2014
Elder Abuse and Protective Services, MassResources.org
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