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This profile was last updated on 12/16/10  and contains information from public web pages.

Nurse

Local Address: Los Angeles, California, United States
Starpoint Surgery Center
 
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Employment History

  • Planned Parenthood
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www.rehabprograms.ca, 16 Dec 2010 [cached]
Jul 25, 2009 The morning of her second day at Starpoint Surgery Center in Studio City, nurse Melony Currier was found in the parking lot, passed out in Site Best Viewed at 1024x768. WELCOME TO PDAP HOUSTON · PDAP CITIES.
The morning of her second day ...
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The morning of her second day at Starpoint Surgery Center in Studio City, nurse Melony Currier was found in the parking lot, passed out in her car.
Once roused, she was escorted to a drug-testing facility to provide a urine sample. In the restroom, she injected an anesthetic she had stolen from the surgery center, according to state records and a Starpoint official.
Currier, a participant in the state's confidential recovery program for impaired nurses, had failed repeatedly - and spectacularly - at rehabilitation, the records show.
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In retrospect, Melony Currier may not have been a good candidate for diversion.
She first landed in trouble on Nov. 8, 2001, when she was arrested for stealing Demerol from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. (She later told board investigators that she'd stolen drugs every day for months.)
Nearly two weeks after her arrest, while working at Planned Parenthood in Van Nuys, she was found collapsed in the bathroom, injecting herself with the general anesthetic propofol. Two days after that, she returned to Providence St. Joseph and stole more of the drug, board documents say.
She was later convicted of misdemeanor theft in the Van Nuys case and petty theft and drug possession in the Burbank case.
Currier, then known by the last name Dietrich, was allowed into diversion in February 2002. The program bars nurses who have been convicted of selling drugs or who have caused patient harm or death. Also rejected are those previously disciplined by the board for drug use or mental illness, and those previously kicked out of any diversion program.
None of this applied to Currier. When the program finally expelled her in 2006 - after the five relapses - her case entered the clogged pipeline of ordinary complaints. There it was investigated outside public view.
A month after Currier was ejected, according to board documents, she went to Providence St. Joseph, where she'd been arrested five years earlier. Posing as an employee, she said she'd come to collect drugs for outpatient surgery.
When questioned, she "fled," board records say, driving 10 miles to Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale. Again posing as an employee, she stole two cases of propofol, according to court and board records.
Two days later, on Oct. 18, 2006, Currier was arrested when she returned to Verdugo Hills for more.
The board filed a public accusation against Currier in March 2007- nearly 5 1/2 years after the agency first learned of her drug problems.
When the board settled the case in 2008, Currier's license was suspended for a year and she was put on probation. As part of the settlement, she admitted the allegations.
Currier is now free to practice with restrictions. She has declined to comment on her case.
The morning of her second day ...
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The morning of her second day at Starpoint Surgery Center in Los Angeles, nurse Melony Currier was found in the parking lot, passed out in her car. ...
nurses who abuse drugs pictures of drug testing signs for drug
www.rehabprograms.ca, 16 April 2008 [cached]
Second, nurses who are under the influence may by TL Hughes - 2002 - Cited by 3 - Related articlesPrevalence of Nurses' Use of Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, and Misuse of Medications: . Prevalence of Alcohol and Drug Use in Nurses and Controls (NLSY) Jul 25, 2009 The morning of her second day at Starpoint Surgery Center in Studio City, nurse Melony Currier was found in the parking lot, passed out in Jan 17, 2008 Drug abuse among nurses is a serious issue that can affect patient care and safety, hospital budgets, and a nurse's career. Mar 24, 2010 Nurses' Drug Dispensing Examined.
Health & Science | Hemophilia Federation of America
hemophiliafed.org, 29 Oct 2009 [cached]
The morning of her second day at Starpoint Surgery Center in Studio City, nurse Melony Currier was found in the parking lot, passed out in her car.
Once roused, she was escorted to a drug-testing facility to provide a urine sample. In the restroom, she injected an anesthetic she had stolen from the surgery center, according to state records and a Starpoint official.
Currier, a participant in the state's confidential recovery program for impaired nurses, had failed repeatedly - and spectacularly - at rehabilitation, the records show.
Over 4 1/2 years, she'd been discovered high in her car at a Hollywood hospital, stolen anesthetics at a San Gabriel Valley hospital, been convicted of burglary after taking more drugs from the same hospital and flunked a drug test.
Melony Currier was convicted of stealing drugs from the health facilities she worked at. Yet it wasn't until Currier shot up at the drug-testing facility in September 2006 that she was kicked out of the recovery program. Though her evaluators labeled her a "public risk," the California Board of Registered Nursing didn't impose discipline until 1 1/2 years later, leaving her free her to work without restriction in the interim, the documents show.
...
In retrospect, Melony Currier may not have been a good candidate for diversion.
She first landed in trouble on Nov. 8, 2001, when she was arrested for stealing Demerol from Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. (She later told board investigators that she'd stolen drugs every day for months.)
Nearly two weeks after her arrest, while working at Planned Parenthood in Van Nuys, she was found collapsed in the bathroom, injecting herself with the general anesthetic propofol. Two days after that, she returned to Providence St. Joseph and stole more of the drug, board documents say.
She was later convicted of misdemeanor theft in the Van Nuys case and petty theft and drug possession in the Burbank case.
Currier, then known by the last name Dietrich, was allowed into diversion in February 2002. The program bars nurses who have been convicted of selling drugs or who have caused patient harm or death. Also rejected are those previously disciplined by the board for drug use or mental illness, and those previously kicked out of any diversion program.
None of this applied to Currier. When the program finally expelled her in 2006 - after the five relapses - her case entered the clogged pipeline of ordinary complaints. There it was investigated outside public view.
A month after Currier was ejected, according to board documents, she went to Providence St. Joseph, where she'd been arrested five years earlier. Posing as an employee, she said she'd come to collect drugs for outpatient surgery.
When questioned, she "fled," board records say, driving 10 miles to Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale. Again posing as an employee, she stole two cases of propofol, according to court and board records.
Two days later, on Oct. 18, 2006, Currier was arrested when she returned to Verdugo Hills for more.
The board filed a public accusation against Currier in March 2007- nearly 5 1/2 years after the agency first learned of her drug problems.
When the board settled the case in 2008, Currier's license was suspended for a year and she was put on probation. As part of the settlement, she admitted the allegations.
Currier is now free to practice with restrictions. She has declined to comment on her case.
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