The state Board of Examiners for Nursing has disciplined four nurses, including three in cases involving alcohol or drugs.
The board on July 19 temporarily suspended the registered nurse license of Fernando Roldan of Hartford for failing to comply with the terms of a four-year probation, including attending therapy or support group sessions and submitting drug or alcohol test results, state Department of Public Health (DPH) records show.
DPH records show that Roldan admitted that he abused alcohol between 2010 and 2014. The board’s April memorandum of decision said that Roldan was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol for the third time in 2013 and spent a year in prison. It also said he was fired from his job at Connecticut Valley Hospital’s Whiting Forensic Institute, where he had worked for 20 years, for using unreasonable force during a restraint of a patient.
The board also placed the RN license of Anne Sullivan of Ellington on probation for four years and ordered her to undergo random drug and alcohol tests. Records show that between 2004 and 2016, she abused alcohol enough to affect her ability to practice as a nurse.
Without admitting wrongdoing, Sullivan did not contest the charges and agreed to the probation in a consent order with the board.
The board also placed the RN license of John Ayers of Bartow, Florida on probation for two years after finding that his abuse of alcohol may affect his ability to practice as a nurse, records show.
The board found that between 2013 and 2015, Ayers abused alcohol to excess and was convicted in 2014 of driving under the influence of alcohol in Maine, Connecticut Department of Public Health records show. Maine officials decided in 2015 not to renew his license there.
Connecticut law allows the board to discipline nurses licensed here if they have been disciplined in other states.
The board also suspended the RN license of Mark Scott of George Mills, New Hampshire for one year because he was disciplined in North Carolina in May.
Officials there found that while working in 2016 in an emergency room in Winston-Salem, he had started a patient on fluids before receiving an order to do so from a doctor and failed to correct the patient’s medical records, records show. Scott does not live in or practice nursing in Connecticut, records show.