Oral arg. – COA – 7/17/2019

At 10:00 the CoA will hear State of Mississippi Board of Nursing v. Ann Hobson.

Hobson had a history of substance abuse and was a participant in the Board’s Recovery Nurse Program from approximately 2004 until 2009. In 2014 she was a CRNA at South Sunflower Hospital.  On June 10 she was assisting in surgery. She had the keys to the narcotics cabinet and withdrew Demerol which she administered to the patient. Later it was discovered that there were six vials of Demerol missing.  Six persons including Hobson were drug tested and Hobson’s urine was found to be positive for  Meperidine or Demerol. The other five were negative.  A hearing was held and  an order was issued suspending Appellee’s nursing license and advance practice privileges as a CRNA for six  months as well as ordering Appellee to comply with other conditions.  She appealed to the full board which affirmed. Before the Board issued its opinion, Hobson appealed to the Chancery Court which reversed.  The Court noted three concerns:  A birthday party going on in a room close in proximity where the missing vials were allegedly taken;  improper chain of custody regarding the drug screens on which the board based its decision; and  the absence of Normeperidine in the urine sample.  The Board appealed.

Board of Nursing’s brief

Hobson’s brief

Board of Nursing’s reply brief

Watch the argument here

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s