The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 27, 2012

Ex-nurse admits taking pills intended for patients

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — A former registered nurse at Geisinger Medical Center has admitted to taking three Oxycodone tablets intended for patients, according to Mahoning Township police.

Nicole Breann Cosgrove, 23, of 381 Lower Mulberry St., admitted to diverting narcotics starting in September by dispensing Oxycodone for patients who had orders for the drug on an as-needed basis but did not require the painkiller, police said.

She told township police her motive was to “self-treat-medicate herself for her own medical condition,” according to the charges.

She also made fraudulent entries in the medical records of patients under her care, police said.

Police said she pulled 10 mg Oxycodone tablets five times for a specific patient Nov. 7. The medication was only to be given every six hours with the most that could have been given to the patient being two doses, police said.

When questioned about the discrepancy, she admitted to administering two of the five doses and taking the other three tablets for herself, police said.

Police and agent Duane Musser, of the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, charged her with two counts of prohibited acts related to diverting the drug and theft by deception.