Nursing Assistant Disciplined After Allegedly Overdosing on Pills and Booze on the Job

By The Chronicle

The state Department of Health recently released a set of lists naming health care professionals who were sanctioned with official actions in December. In Western Washington, actions were taken toward health care workers in Thurston, Pierce and Clark counties.

This is a sampling of the complete list provided by the Department of Health:

Pierce County

Lori Lynn Russell, a certified nursing assistant, was charged with unprofessional conduct by the Nursing Assistant Program. Charges allege that while she was working as a caregiver for an elderly client Russell was found unresponsive on a bed in the client’s home. The client was found on the floor after falling during the night. A open bottle of opioid prescription medication belonging to the patient was also found on a counter and an open bottle of alcohol was discovered in the refrigerator. Russell was treated for a possible overdose and taken to an emergency room where she was diagnosed with opioid overdose and alcohol intoxication.

Thurston County

Dolores I. Serpas Rodriguez, a registered nursing assistant, entered an agreement with the Nursing Assistant Program that denies her request to activate her credential. That credential expired in 2010. In 2016, Rodriguez was charged with fourth-degree assault, a domestic violence crime.

After being discharged from inpatient alcohol dependency treatment she was supposed to enroll in intensive outpatient treatment.

Clark County

Lexus P. Vang, a massage therapist, was charged with unprofessional conduct by the Massage Therapist board for allegedly failing to provide proof of having completed required continuing education training.

The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees in order to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions, ranging from medical doctors to veterinarians. Health care workers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing in order to trigger a settlement process.

Information about health care providers is available on the DOH website at doh.wa.gov. Visitors to the website should click on the “How Do I” section for more information. The site includes detailed information about the license status of health care workers, including the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. The information is also available by calling 360-236-4700.