Nurse forged 122 scripts for drugs
A FORMER Cairns Hospital nurse who stole prescription pads and forged Queensland doctors’ signatures to obtain drugs also forged scripts in NSW.
Queensland Health regulators knew of Andreana Francesca King’s addiction to opioid medication when she came from New Zealand to Queensland to work as a nurse in 2009. When King’s Cairns home was searched in 2017, police found 122 forged prescription sheets containing stolen patient details. The nurse used the details to fraudulently obtain various forms of benzodiazepine medications, for her own use, a tribunal heard.
In 2017, King was convicted of fraud by dishonest application of her employer’s property and stealing as a public servant, over a threeyear period. She also was convicted of three counts of drug possession and was placed on probation for two years, with convictions recorded.
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard that King worked under conditions in New Zealand because of her known addiction to opioid medication. The Australian health regulation authority required her to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before she could work as a nurse in Queensland.
King lost her hospital job in 2017. Last year she was convicted in NSW after forging scripts, the tribunal said. She surrendered her registration in May last year.