101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline & Termination

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#90 Summary Discharge: Possession, Sale, or Being Under the
Influence of Alcohol or Illegal Substances

Nurse diverts morphine and tests positive for drugs.

October 8, 2010

Pamela Zulpo
123 South Ardmore Street
Fort Smith, AR 75601

Dear Pam:

This letter is to inform you that effective October 8, 2010, you are discharged from
employment as a Registered Nurse at Victory Memorial Hospital. On September 29, you
were placed on investigatory Leave because Francis Franco, Administrative Supervisor,
had reason to suspect that you were diverting drugs. Since then, a thorough investigation
has been conducted. It was discovered that from September 24 through September 29,
using your Personal Identification Number (PIN), you withdrew morphine that you were
unable to account for. Specifically, you withdrew morphine for your patients that was
not documented in your patients’ charts, and you withdrew morphine for other nurses’
patients without the other nurses’ knowledge. These withdrawals were also not
documented in their patients’ medical charts.

On October 1, you voluntarily submitted to a drug test at the Ozark Clinic.1 Your test
results were positive for morphine.

As a result, we have no choice but to terminate your employment for violation of the
following provisions of hospital Policy 2.05, a copy of which is enclosed:

1.2.2 Dishonesty

1.2.5 Using, possessing, … or being under the influence of … illegal drugs or
controlled substances while on duty, while on Corporation property

1.2.10 Falsification or making a material omission on forms, records, or reports,
including … patient records

1.2.11 Violating safety or health rules or practices or engaging in conduct that
creates a safety or health hazard

In addition, we are required to contact the Board of Registered Nursing to inform them
of the events leading up to your termination.

Sincerely,

Emma Sbanotto
Vice President, Nursing

1 This employee apparently believed that the residual drug would have dissipated to a point where it would
not show up in a lab test. She voluntarily submitted to this drug test to strengthen her case that she was innocent.

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