Two medical professionals in Dyersburg have lost their licenses in the wake of reports that they mishandled medications.
The Tennessee Board of Nursing revoked Tamara Ann Patterson's status as a licensed practical nurse and Amy J. Atchison's registration as a pharmacy technician.
Patterson, who is listed as a Dyersburg resident, failed to appear at the disciplinary hearing June 4 in Nashville. Her practical nurse license, which was initially granted on Oct. 31, 1996, expired on Dec. 31, 2006.
A Board of Nursing order stated that Patterson was employed by Dyersburg Manor Nursing Home from July 26, 2005, to April 23, 2006. The nursing home discovered on April 18, 2006, that 120 hydrocodone pills were missing. Drug screens were performed on all staff members, including Patterson, who tested positive for hydrocodone use. She reportedly admitted that she did not have a prescription for the painkiller.
Patterson called Dyersburg Manor on April 24, 2006, and said she wouldn't come to work the following day because a family member was sick. She never returned to the nursing home and was, therefore, fired.
The nursing board determined Patterson was guilty of unprofessional conduct and being under the influence of drugs while on duty.
In addition to revoking her license, the board assessed Patterson a $1,000 fine and the costs of the disciplinary action.
Atchison, whose address is listed as 1041 Harness Road, was a pharmacy technician at Newbern Discount Drug from Oct. 15, 2007, to May 16, 2008. She is accused of taking hydrocodone, alprazolam and diazepam from the pharmacy without authorization.
Atchison agreed July 2 to the revocation of her pharmacy technician registration, which would have expired on Oct. 31, 2009.
The disciplinary actions were listed in a Tennessee Department of Health press release issued this month.