Nurse’s license suspended for stealing medications

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A nurse who pleaded guilty to stealing controlled substances from two different hospitals has been suspended from practicing nursing in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Department of Health indefinitely suspended the nursing license of Michele Lukowicz, effective July 5, saying she poses “an immediate danger to the health, welfare, and safety of the public.”

The Health Department alleges Lukowicz “willfully or repeatedly violated the ethical principles governing the practice of nursing by diverting controlled substances from patients.”

According to the suspension order, Lukowicz pleaded guilty to one count of larceny of a controlled substance last October, after she was charged with stealing twelve doses of Dilaudid for her own use while working for Kent County Hospital in 2011. Then earlier this year, she once again pleaded guilty to larceny of a controlled substance for allegedly stealing Lorazepam, Ativan, and Benadryl while working at Eleanor Slater Hospital in 2012.

Lukowicz was sentenced to two years probation for each of the criminal convictions.

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