BILLINGS - The state Board of Nursing revoked the licenses of five nurses at its July meeting, almost half of the number of licenses it had revoked in the previous 5 1/2 years.
Three of the nurses had previously been placed on probation over substance abuse issues.
Licensed practical nurse Jennifer Asay, 29, was accused of stealing narcotics from Billings Clinic. She was placed on probation in December, but failed to enroll in a required substance abuse program for nurses, which led to the revocation.
Board records say Theresa Stone, 35, an LPN from St. Marie went to work intoxicated several times. Her license was put on probation in July 2009 after she tested positive for narcotics while on shift at the Wolf Point Hospital. Four months later, hospital officials say she arrived at work unable to stand or speak. She was suspended from her job and her license was revoked.
The board said registered nurse Stacie Rongyocsik, 33, of Polson, was placed on probation for repeatedly showing signs of drug-seeking behavior. She enrolled in the impaired nurses program, but failed to comply with its requirements and lost her license after the board received a report that she was caught calling in her own prescription for a sleep aid.
LPN Tracy Daly, 31, of Butte was disciplined for misconduct. Her license was placed on probation after a 2004 report that she mistreated a patient in Great Falls. The board said she failed to file progress reports with the board and in August 2008, a complaint was filed accusing her of directing a co-worker to administer a pill to a patient even though neither she nor the co-worker knew what kind of pill it was. She received a public reprimand, but still failed to file required progress reports and lost her license.
Frances Cox, 50, a registered nurse from Dickinson, Texas who had held a Montana nursing license since 2007, lost her license after the board learned that she was denied a nursing license in Louisiana because of her criminal history.
Four other nurses had their licenses indefinitely suspended at the July 14 meeting. From October 2004 through March 2010, the board had revoked 12 licenses.