A registered nurse at Centura Health's St. Anthony Central Hospital charged in connection with the alleged theft of drugs lied on her nursing application.Jillian Fischer, 43, was arrested July 16. She faces six felony charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit.According to her arrest affidavit, Fischer was a nurse in St. Anthony's neuro/trauma unit. The hospital noticed discrepancies in drug records on June 8 and suspected thefts. An internal audit for a five-day period from May 24 to June 6 allegedly showed Fischer had diverted medications that were intended for patients.Denver District Attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said Fischer took the drugs for her personal use on at least six occasions. The drugs included Dilaudid, Vicodin, Morphine, Valium, Fentanyl and Ativan.The hospital confronted Fischer on June 9 and said she admitted she had been taking Dilaudid for six months. She was terminated at that point, hospital officials said.Several nurses who worked with her said she called them after her firing and admitted she was addicted to Dilaudid.The hospital then conducted a detailed audit and found that "nurse Fischer had diverted Dilaudid, Fentanyl, Vicodin, Ativan, morphine and Valium during the five days between May 24 and June 6.""At this time in the investigation, there is no indication that patients were deprived of pain medication," the arrest affidavit stated.
Lapses In System
7NEWS has also learned that Fischer lied on her application to become a nurse.On her application, Fischer denied any arrests, convictions, or deferred judgements.A search of the Colorado Courts database showed Fischer was arrested for felony theft in 2003. The case was dismissed after she served 100 hours of community service.The Department of Regulatory Agencies, or DORA, said they were not aware of the incident because they don't do background checks. They said they are costly and they don't have the manpower to do them. They said they have a "complaint driven" process and only investigate cases that have been brought to their attention.Fischer was also fired from Swedish Medical Center in Englewood in January 2008 for "misconduct." The hospital said they filed a report with the state health department and conducted an investigation. They said they could not disclose what the "misconduct" involved but said the investigation did not turn up drug diversion or it would have been reported to DORA, the Dept. of Health, and the DEA.Fischer did not return calls from 7NEWS.Fischer was released on a $3,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court, room on July 30.
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