Dept of Health suspends license of former Virginia Mason nurse for drug theft

The Washington state Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission suspended the license of Registered Nurse, Gordon E. McSherry, after a review by an Assistant Nurse manager showed that McSherry stole controlled substances including fentanyl, hydromorphone, meperidine and midazoalm between September 16, 2010 and October 6, 2010 at area hospitals. Read the Statement of Charges here.

The allegations against McSherry alleged that he withdrew powerful pain medication intended for patient(s) and did not administer it to the patient(s) on 97 separate occasions in hospitals in the Seattle area including Virginia Mason and Providence Holy Family Hospital.

Pursuant to Washington Civil Code RCW 18.130.040, McSherry’s credential to practice as a nurse has been suspended.

Records show that McSherry had previous allegations against him in the state of Texas.

Many people wonder why there are not background checks for many medical jobs. One huge question is here is, “Did the hospitals in Washington state that employed McSherry perform due-diligence in screening him for employment?”

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to medical malpractice and the family of those killed.

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