September 1st, 2010
A former nurse was found guilty of stealing and using medication she stole from her nursing home patients and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Olivia Moore, 56, worked at Corpus Christi Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Texas and was found guilty on three counts possessing and using prescription drugs.
The prosecution also argued that nursing home abuse involving Moore pulling on patient tubes caused injury and eventually the death of one elderly resident two days after the incident. Moore, however, was not convicted of that charge.
Moore admitted that while working at several nursing homes and hospitals in Corpus Christi, Kingsville, and Falfurrias she routinely stole and used drugs.
“I have been addicted to pain medication since about 1977, two years after I graduated from nursing school,” Moore told a Sheriff’s Deputy in 2001. “I have used pain medication such as Tylenol 3, Percocet and Leritine but progressed to Demerol. I have always obtained the pain medication from my various nursing jobs. It has always been detected and I have always been terminated, except for charter hospital in Corpus Christi.”
Moore told officers she would inject herself with medications and then return to work high. She also explained she would replace what she stole with other medications.
“I also took several Hydrocodone tablets from packages and would take two at a time as needed during my shifts,” said Moore. “I replaced the Hydrocodone with Robaxit. I had to cut some of the Robaxit down to make them fit back in the package.”
Moore has worked over a dozen nursing jobs in the Coastal Bend area.