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Nurse accused of stealing meds at Manchester facility

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Shelbyville woman formerly employed at a Manchester nursing home has been accused of stealing patients' pain medication.

Brooke Sissom, 33, of Double Tree Circle is accused of ordering powerful pain medication intended for patients at Manchester Health Care Center using their names and prescriptions. She was charged on Oct. 12 with nine counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud, Manchester police said.

Sissom "likely used hundreds of pills herself and may have sold some," Manchester police investigator Stuart Colwell said, noting she was ordering new prescriptions at the time of arrest.

Staff helped police

The nursing home staff notified police and saved documents Sissom allegedly attempted to destroy, Colwell said. Sissom was fired by the facility's management.

Patients are not believed to have done without medication, police said.

Records show Sissom's nursing license was placed in probation in 2009 by the Tennessee Board of Nursing for "unauthorized removal of controlled substances without authorization" and "incorrect entries in patient records." Her residence was listed at that time as Woodbury.

She is free on $10,000 bond.

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