Chazy man worked at hospital in Burlington; nurse at senior residence there

also charged

BURLINGTON, VT. (AP) -- Brian J. McNally was one of two nurses arraigned for stealing drugs meant for patients and using the narcotics himself, the Vermont state attorney general's office said.

The Chazy man, 48, a registered nurse at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, was arraigned Thursday in Vermont District Court for Chittenden County on three counts of obtaining a regulated drug by deceit and three counts of making a false statement in patient records, all felonies.

Elizabeth C. Eikenberry, 57, of Burlington, a licensed practical nurse at the Ethan Allen Residence, a senior citizens residential care community in Burlington, was arraigned in the same court on two counts of obtaining a regulated drug by deceit and two counts of making a false statement in patient records, all felonies, and two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult, both misdemeanors.

Authorities charged in court papers that McNally, who worked on the orthopedics unit at Fletcher Allen, diverted intravenous liquid morphine and Percocet tablets, prescribed patients after surgery, and used the drugs himself.

McNally pleaded innocent to the charges, which could bring more than 12 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines.

He was released on conditions, including that he not buy, have or use regulated drugs without a prescription, work in any setting involving direct patient care or access to narcotics, and that he begin drug counseling within 30 days.

The charges against Eikenberry, stemming from her alleged diversion of the painkiller Oxycodone from an 87-year-old woman, could bring more than 10 years in prison and fines up to $22,000. She pleaded innocent and also was released on conditions.

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