King, Virginia

Virginia Grace King

The Tennessee Board of Nursing has suspended the nursing license of a former Station Camp High School nurse charged in November with stealing students’ ADHD medication.

Virginia Grace King, 29 of Hendersonville, was employed full-time as the primary nurse at Station Camp High School from July 29, 2016 - Nov. 20, 2018, according to a suspension order filed in July by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

King was coached by Sumner County Schools’ management in October 2018 about failing to properly document the administration of medication and failing to follow medication guidelines, according to the order. She was warned that any further infraction would mean that she would be terminated from employment.

King gave two weeks’ notice in the form of a resignation letter on Nov. 7, 2018. When she didn’t show up for work on Nov. 19, she arranged for a substitute nurse who discovered several discrepancies with student medication, according to the nursing board. The substitute notified Sumner County Schools’ management who conducted an audit of the student medication.  

During the audit it was discovered that a student who had been prescribed an anti-inflammatory drug told her mother that King was not administering the medication daily as directed by the girl’s doctor. In addition, Atenolol, a blood pressure medication was found mixed in with the student’s prescribed medicine.

A second student was prescribed Focalin, a central nervous system stimulant, according to the Board of Nursing document. That student’s mother delivered 60 tablets to the high school on Oct. 28, 2018. At the time of the audit on Nov. 19, there were no pills left. The student reported to his mother that on several occasions King administered one circular pill instead of his two regular pills. The student also reported headaches on numerous occasions beginning in or around August of 2018.

The student’s mother verified with the pharmacy that the medication her child was prescribed was a different shape than what he was given by King. The circular pills King gave the second student matched the description of the blood pressure medication found in the first student’s bottle.

According to Sumner County Schools Spokesperson Jeremy Johnson, the school nurse and one member of the office staff are the only ones with access to students’ medication.

Johnson said that school officials notified law enforcement once it was discovered that medication was missing at Station Camp.

“We did find this through our normal protocols,” said Johnson. “As soon as we discovered what was missing, we worked with parents and their health care providers to get the medicine replaced.”

Johnson said the school system has since put in place an additional auditing procedure where periodically an additional supervisor comes in and reconciles the medical records with the amount of medicine on-hand.

According to a police affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court, the substitute nurse at Station Camp reported on Nov. 19, 2018 that three students’ medications for ADHD were stolen from a locked medicine cabinet.

In all, 82 dosage units were stolen, according to the affidavit.  

King was charged on Nov. 27, 2018 with three counts of theft up to $1,000 - Class A misdemeanors.

She is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Sept. 17.

King’s attorney, Rob McKinney, did not return a phone call by this newspaper’s deadline.

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