Five years ago, Presley Eze, a licensed practical nurse from West Hartford, was arrested outside Trader Joe’s when, police said, he was holding a long sword and appeared to be high on PCP.
Though he’s been arrested four times since and was found wandering barefoot in the snow in 17-degree weather in 2013, the state Board of Examiners for Nursing concluded that Eze, 29, has maintained his sobriety and is now safe to “practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety.”
The board made that decision March 23 when it imposed a four-year probation on Eze’s nursing license with many conditions. He must have periodic drug and alcohol tests and visit support groups at least eight times a month.
Records show the board members concluded that Eze has fully accepted responsibility for his misconduct. At the same meeting, the board also disciplined seven other nurses.
On May 11, 2011, Eze was charged at the West Hartford grocery store with breach of peace, risk of injury to a minor and possession of weapons in a motor vehicle, the board’s memorandum of decision said.
In August of 2011, he was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the memo said. Three months later, he was convicted of criminal trespass in connection with the sword incident and received a suspended sentence of one year and probation for two years, the memo said.
In April of 2012, Eze was charged with disorderly conduct after his parents told police he was behaving aggressively, the memo said. A month later, he was convicted of DUI and received a six-month suspended sentence and was placed on probation for 18 months.
On Jan. 2, 2013, West Hartford police found Eze in the snow in his pajamas and sent him to a local hospital for evaluation for substance abuse, the memo said. Three months later, he was charged with DUI again, the memo said.
Five times in 2013, Eze tested positive for PCP and opiates, the memo said. His attorney, Richard Brown of Hartford, said Eze has maintained his sobriety for a long time and was never accused of harming a patient.
“He’s never let his personal issues affect his profession,” Brown said. “The conditions [of his probation] are such that there’s no tolerance. If he fails a drug test, he loses his license.”
In other business on March 23, the nursing board revoked the license of Lisa Kuba, a licensed practical nurse from West Haven. While employed at All Pointe Homecare of Cheshire in June of 2015, Kuba falsified patient records, abandoned a patient, violated professional boundaries with one or more relatives of a patient and drank alcohol at work, board records show.
The board also:
• Suspended the license of Gregory Klimaytis, a registered nurse from Redding, pending a hearing on charges that he violated probation by skipping drug tests. In 2013, the board had placed his license on probation for four years after he admitted stealing a painkiller, abusing alcohol and falsifying records, board records show.
• Suspended the license of RN Samantha Angelini of East Granby, pending a hearing. Records show she is accused of abusing Ritalin, Adderall, Percocet, marijuana, Suboxone, alcohol and cocaine in 2013 and 2014.
• Suspended the license of RN Dawn C. Palmer of Danielson, pending a hearing on charges that she violated probation by testing positive this year for opiates, records show.
• Approved a four-year probation for Dorsey Saunders, an LPN from Bridgeport. In a consent order she signed, Saunders admitted that while working at the Fairview of Fairfield nursing home, she stole and abused oxycodone and fentanyl in 2015.
• Approved a two-year probation for RN Amy B. Tagg of New Milford. In a consent order, she admitted stealing Percocet and Dilaudid for personal use in 2011 from Danbury Hospital when she was working there. She also excessively used Focalin, a stimulant, in 2015, the consent order said.
• Placed a one-year probation on the license of RN Karen Greenland of Windsor. In a consent order, she admitted that she failed to write down a prescription order for a patient and failed to notice that the medication was not called for in the patient’s plan of care, the consent order said.