The Telegram reported that Lea Roberge, a nurse at Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, has been charged in U.S. District Court with stealing morphine from the nursing home where she worked, federal officials said.  Roberge was charged with tampering with a consumer product, morphine, after a months-long investigation into missing morphine at Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Ms. Roberge allegedly stole the painkiller from the nursing home and then attempted to conceal the theft by replacing the medication with saline, according to court documents. The complaint alleges that in March, while working at the nursing home, Ms. Roberge tampered with morphine sulfate contained in emergency narcotic kits that are available for use at the nursing home. Ms. Roberge, who had access to the emergency narcotic kits, used a syringe to extract morphine from six vials and one bottle, and in an attempt to avoid detection, replaced the extracted medication with saline, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, Ms. Roberge was questioned by investigators in May about suspected tampering with vials of morphine in emergency narcotics kits at the nursing home, and she agreed to submit to a lie-detector test, in which she denied tampering with the medication. However, when questioned again by investigators in October, Ms. Roberge admitted to having switched out the morphine from the emergency vials with a syringe, and acknowledged she had become dependent on pain medications after being involved in a car accident eight years ago, the complaint states.

The Union Leader reported a CNA working at Bel-Air Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was fired for sexual assault of a resident. CNA Timothy Morrissey’s license was permanently revoked by the state’s Board of Nursing after receiving a complaint from a co-worker alleging he sexually assaulted an 80-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The incident was initially reported to Goffstown police, but the Attorney General’s Office is now handling the investigation, according to Goffstown Police Chief Robert Browne.   According to information provided as part of the board’s order, a co-worker identified as Erin Melendy, LNA, walked in on Morrissey sexually assaulting the elderly resident on Halloween morning, Oct. 31.  Melendy told board members when she confronted Morrissey about what he was doing he allegedly responded, “This is the most embarrassing thing in my life.”

The incident was then reported to Morrissey’s supervisor, identified as Kelly Riddell, RN, who examined the resident and reported no evidence of injury.  The emotional and psychological impact was inherent in the act.  
Riddell also met with Morrissey, who allegedly admitted to the accusations made by Melendy and said, “I know it’s sick — I need help.”

13NewsNow reported a lawsuit filed against Sentara Live Care for neglect causing significant injuries.  Tomara Carmon-Rogers and her family are seeking justice against the nursing home.  She says while at Sentara Live Care, her grandmother, Mary Sherrod, suffered injuries so severe, her leg had to be amputated.

“It violated the trust that I had for the individuals caring for her. It’s just been very hard,” said Carmon-Rogers.

According to court documents, in March of last year, Sherrod — who is incapacitated — was in the care of a staff member at the nursing home when the sheets were pulled from underneath her, causing her to fall on the floor.

The lawsuit alleges in the months after the initial fall, the victim developed 13 wounds to her legs, feet, heels, and buttocks while under the care of the nursing home. Those injuries eventually led to the amputation of Sherrod’s right leg.

Carmon-Rogers says the negligence is a result of the administration, lack of staff and lack of supplies. She recalls having to bring her own bandages for her grandmother on at least one occasion.

“I’ve expressed that to them this is a huge safety issue, when you have nurses here understaffed, overworking them and critical patients,” said Carmon-Rogers.