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Why Did This Nurse Keep a Vial of Urine in the Waistband of Her Scrubs?

Published: February 13, 2018

FAIL When Rosalind Chapman, RN, was arrested for drug theft, police found a vial of urine in the waistband of her scrubs.

A deputy sheriff made an unusual discovery when he arrested a nurse for allegedly diverting morphine: a vial of urine tucked in the waistband of her scrubs.

Rosalind Chapman, RN, told the deputy she kept the vile vial there "in case she needed to undergo a drug screening," say police.

Ms. Chapman, 28, was charged with grand theft of a controlled substance after allegedly admitting to police that she stole 9 4mg vials of morphine for personal use during one 12-hour shift while on duty on at Orange Park Medical Center in Florida.

The hospital's pharmacy director alerted police to possible drug diversion after noticing that Ms. Chapman had withdrawn an unusually high number of vials of morphine from the automated dispending machine, according to the arrest report. The dispensing machine's records show Ms. Chapman removed the 9 vials throughout the day, the first at 8:55 a.m. and the last at 8:12 p.m. When confronted by hospital officials and police, Ms. Chapman — who had to use her fingerprint and an assigned user ID number to remove each vial — allegedly admitted to the theft.

"The defendant was very honest and cooperative," according to the police report.

After her Dec. 12 arrest, the hospital fired Ms. Chapman, who'd worked as a floor nurse, a hospital spokesperson says. Earlier this month, the state surgeon general ordered the emergency restriction of Ms. Chapman's nursing license.

In an emailed statement, the hospitals says, "We have systems in place to carefully monitor and track all medication utilization. When an irregularity occurs, we immediately respond, investigate and, if warranted, take immediate personnel action. Regarding the case in question, it was an isolated incident where no patients experienced an interruption in their medication plan."

Efforts to reach Ms. Chapman for comment were unsuccessful.

Dan O'Connor

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