Healthcare Facility Drug Diversion – Nurse Diversion
A southeast Iowa woman is accused of swiping medications intended for her patients while working as a nurse at the Good Samaritan Society.
60-year-old Debbie Hird of Blakesburg has been charged with two counts of drug diversion (Class C felony), identity theft (aggravated misdemeanor), and tampering with records (aggravated misdemeanor).
While employed as a nurse, court documents say in December 2021, Hird charted that she administered Hydrocodone to two patients but kept the drugs to herself.
Additionally, Hird allegedly used the identities of three fellow nurses to document the administration of narcotics to patients but held on to the medication instead. Authorities say Hird tampered with records by recording patients receiving pain medication when they were not administered any drugs.
A warrant for Hird’s arrest was issued on March 24th and she was taken into custody on March 29th and transported to the Wapello County Jail.
Hird is currently free after posting bond. Her first court appearance is scheduled for March 31st.Healthcare Diversion Healthcare Fraud Hydrocodone Nurse Diversion Opioid Crisis Patient Harm Provider Arrest Rx Fraud