Nurse caught stealing prescriptions from hospital, records say

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local nurse was caught stealing from the hospital where she worked.

Bailey Sullivan worked at Methodist Le Bonheur as a registered nurse. It is not clear how many patients she cared for.

A July audit revealed Sullivan stole drugs from work and even used the meds while she was on the clock, records said.

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In an email to the hospital, Sullivan said to her clinical director after her nursing license was suspended, “I can’t believe I allowed a drug addiction to surface and screw up my future.”

Records showed in a two-week period, Sullivan had 130 instances where the administration, waste, and waste of controlled substances were not documented properly.

That included 21 different medications, and a total of 461 individual items such as pills or syringes.

FOX13 Investigates found that Sullivan is not alone.

In November, we examined one year of disciplinary reports for nurses in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

According to records, 114 nurses had their licenses either revoked or suspended after they tested positive for narcotics, admitted to being addicted, or were punished for mishandling narcotics.

FOX13 reached out to Methodist for a statement about the situation.

A spokesperson said, “While I cannot discuss specific personnel matters, what I can tell you is that we take drug diversion seriously. Once we learn of a violation, we move swiftly to remove the individual. We work diligently every day to provide our patients with high-quality, expert care. Patient safety is paramount.”

As of Wednesday, Sullivan’s license is suspended and her multistate privilege to practice in any other state is deactivated.