State Suspends Two Nurses’ Licenses For Alcohol Abuse

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The state Board of Examiners for Nursing on today suspended the licenses of two registered nurses, saying their abuse of alcohol poses a danger to the public.

The first nurse, Laura Kisatsky of Cornwall, abused alcohol in December, in violation of a consent order she agreed to in 2014. In July, state Department of Public Health (DPH) officials had told the board that Kisatsky’s use of morphine endangered the public. Those charges are pending.

In 2005, Kisatsky had voluntarily surrendered her license after admitting stealing controlled substances while working as a nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital, records show. In 2014, her license was reinstated and placed on probation for four years, and she was ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol tests.

The second RN, Lori Karen Salupen of Bristol, tested positive for alcohol in November, violating a 2016 memorandum of decision of the board.

At that time, the board had placed her license on probation for four years and ordered her to undergo drug and alcohol tests. The board’s memorandum said that Salupen had stolen and abused Percocet in 2015 while working at Cook Willow Health Center in Plymouth. Salupen also falsified controlled substance records while working there, the memo said.


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