Ex-Sycamore Shoals Hospital nurse has license revoked   

From Staff Reports

  A former Johnson City man previously employed as a registered nurse at Sycamore Shoals Hospital had his nursing license revoked by the Tennessee Board of Nursing after admitting he diverted drugs withdrawn for patients to himself.
  In an order issued June 30, the board revoked the license of Robert K. Bess and assessed him $18,000 in penalties citing findings of neglect, making false entries in patient records and misuse of narcotics at a health care facility. The board reviewed Bess' case at a disciplinary hearing held during a two-day meeting of the board in Nashville on May 13-14. Bess did not attend the hearing and was not represented by counsel.
  According to the board's findings of fact, Bess withdrew various doses of morphine sulfate and meperidine for patients at the hospital on "several occasions" between Jan. 19, 2003 to Feb. 2, 2003 but failed to chart administration of the drugs on the medication administration sheet.
  According to the board's findings, Bess admitted he diverted the drugs for his personal use. The board assessed him a $1,000 penalty for each of 18 separate violations of the nurse practices act.
  He is now listed as a resident in Fort Knox, Ky.
  The board also issued an order last month revoking the license of Sandra K. Legg of Johnson City following her disciplinary hearing at the May 13 meeting.
  Legg was employed as a registered nurse at the Johnson City Medical Center from June 4, 2001 to Dec. 30, 2002. She was assessed $5,000 in penalties after the board ruled she committed "neglect and unprofessional conduct, made false entries in patient records in any health care facility and engaged in acts of dishonesty related to the practice of nursing," according to the board's findings.
  Legg, who did not attend the hearing, was alleged to have repeatedly removed medication without charting or documenting "wastage" of the drugs correctly. According to the board's findings, Legg gave a patient a Valium without a physician's order on Dec. 14, 2002. When the patient's daughter, a retired nurse, questioned Legg about giving her mother the Valium, she responded by stating, "What the doctor don't know, won't hurt him."
  Legg was also accused on two separate occasions of removing 4 milligrams of morphine from the hospital pharmacy but charting only 2 milligrams to the patient.
  Following the issuance of a board order, the state or an individual has 15 days after the entry of an initial or final order to file a petition to the Board of Nursing requesting reconsideration of the final order. A party may also seek judicial review by filing a petition for review in the Chancery Court of Davidson County within 60 days after the effective date of the final order.