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Licensed Registered Nurse Convicted Of Possessing Narcotics

CONTACT: Francine M Hyman, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 241-4440

August 1, 2007 - Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Maureen Corbett, age 50, of Hinesburg, Vermont, was arraigned on and pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges of possessing narcotics on July 31, 2007, in Vermont District Court for Chittenden County. Ms. Corbett, a licensed registered nurse on the Labor and Delivery Unit of Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vermont, admitted that she used her employment to divert narcotics for personal use. Ms. Corbett admitted to numerous instances of having falsely documented the administration of drugs. Upon investigation, her recorded administration of drugs to patients was unrealistic, unnecessary, and in stark opposition to the standard practices of her peers on the Labor and Delivery Unit. Ms. Corbett took these additional drugs for her personal use rather than wasting them as nursing protocol required

Ms. Corbett received a sentence of 6 to 18 months, all suspended. The Court ordered the standard conditions of probation along with several special conditions that order her not to work in a setting where she would have direct access to regulated drugs; not to buy, have, or use regulated drugs without a prescription; and to submit to random urinalysis, or other appropriate drug testing and complete successfully any substance abuse counseling or treatment program that her probation officer requires.

Judge Mark Keller admonished Ms. Corbett’s actions stating, “From wasting drugs to putting them in your arm is a major step—one that requires conscious effort.” Fletcher Allen Healthcare has terminated Ms. Corbett’s employment and the Board of Nursing has suspended her nursing license.

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