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RN Accused of Being High At Work

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 03:17 PM CDT

A registered nurse is accused of treating patients while high on prescription drugs.  She used to work at Seton Medical Center Williamson.  The department the nurse worked in makes these allegations even more serious.

The arrest affidavit filed Monday morning says Susan Jones worked in the cardiac catheterization lab at Seton Williamson. It's a position police say she used to get her hands on the drugs.

She's accused of using her access to the hospitals medications, and taking nearly 150 vials (100 mg each) of fentanyl.  Fentanyl is a pain reliever commonly used before procedures.  It can be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

The allegations however, go beyond theft. Staff at Seton told supervisors they were concerned Jones was under the influence while at work.   The affidavit describes an event where, during a procedure, Jones reportedly became very drowsy while standing, and did not respond appropriately to clinical questions. 

The catheterization lab manager told police an audit of the medication system revealed Jones was retrieving two to two-and-a-half times more meds than colleagues.

The manager also told police there were no medication discrepancies on days Jones did not work.  The discrepancies they did find occurred several times in January and April on days Jones did work. 

Jones is also accused of taking 14 vials of midazolam.  Midazolam is used to produce sleepiness or drowsiness and to relieve anxiety before a procedure.  Jones is currently out on $7,500 bond and charged with diverting a controlled substance for personal use.  It's a state jail felony.

We contacted Jones and she did not have a comment.  Her husband told us the allegations are not true and they intend to fight them.  Seton also declined to comment.

By Melanie Lofton

RN Accused of Being High At Work

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