For Immediate Release
November 8, 2012
Laurel A. O'Connor, Attorney
Administrative Prosecutions Unit
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
Attorney General Michael Delaney announces that the New Hampshire Board of Nursing has suspended the license of nursing assistant Renee Whipple of Swanzey, New Hampshire. The emergency suspension, effective November 2, 2012, is in response to allegations that Ms. Whipple diverted drugs and tested positive when the facility performed a random drug test.
Renee Whipple sent an email to her employer admitting that she took Tramadol from a resident of an assisted living facility. The facility reported the theft to the Keene Police Department and in a police interview, Ms. Whipple admitted that in addition to the Tramadol, she also took Dilaudid from a resident.
The Board of Nursing has scheduled a hearing on November 15, 2012 to determine if the suspension of Ms. Whipple's license should continue pending completion of the Board's investigation.
A link to the Board of Nursing's Order of Emergency Suspension and Notice of Hearing is below. It can also be obtained from the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, 21 S. Fruit St., Suite 16, Concord, New Hampshire, (603) 271-2323.
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