Assistant nurse steals drugs from aged patients

KIMBERLEY Hausler stole prescription medication from her patients before crashing her car through a barricade and passing out, the magistrate's court heard this week.

The 21-year-old assistant nurse, who worked at the Blue Care aged facility in Glen Eden, drove through two stop signs and a barricade, before coming to a halt on an embankment outside her workplace.

Witnesses said Hausler was unconscious when they arrived but eventually "came around".

Police prosecutor Sergeant Merrilyn Hoskins said police noticed the smell of cannabis smoke in Hausler's car and found prescription medication allegedly belonging to her patients at Blue Care.

They obtained a search warrant and at 1.10pm entered her house and seized more drugs including temazepam and viagra.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Hausler had seriously abused her position of trust.

The defendant pleaded with the judge and said she had wanted to learn more about temazepam because her partner was an addict and she was studying to be an enrolled nurse.

Magistrate Hay was not impressed.

"You have an addiction to prescription drugs," she said. "I see no reason at all why you are suitable to work in that industry."

Hausler was charged with a six-month term of imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. If she commits another drug offence in the next 18 months the court will send her to jail.

Hausler was also fined $1000 and had her licence suspended for 12 months.



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