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The Case of the Nurse and the 'Stolen' Scrubs

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, December 18, 2012

Her professor and clinical adviser accuse Stickney of stealing the scrubs and lying about it.

Stickney argues that she didn't steal the scrubs and that it was all a misunderstanding. She also argues that the "punishment does not fit the crime," the Monitor reports.

But to Stickney's clinical advisor, Karen Tetreault, the issue is about more than scrubs; it's about honesty and ethics.

"I...questioned that if she chose to lie about scrubs would she also lie about a med error or other patient incident," Tetreault wrote, according to the Monitor.

I obviously don't know whether Stickney—who the Concord Monitor reports had the scrubs stuffed in her jacket and took them after Tetreault told her not to—actually intended to steal the scrubs or whether she lied about it.

But this isn't really about a pair of $20 scrubs. It's about lying and stealing and what kind of a person a nurse is expected to be.

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6 comments on "The Case of the Nurse and the 'Stolen' Scrubs"


Unknown (7/1/2013 at 8:47 PM)
I personally know this woman and have worked beside her for quite awhile. There is no integrity with her, and the story of the stolen scrubs shows perhaps one of the greatest examples of her vast extent of manipulation she imposes to get whatever she wants. These behaviors of hers not only have effect her work life, as she has been fired from at least two jobs for stealing there, but also within her personal life. Anyone who truly knows the character of Ms. Stickney should not be surprised and maybe somewhat grateful that she will change her narcissistic and impure motivated manipulations. Regardless of who she is, any 30 year old student should morally and intellectually know the wrongs she had done.

Patricia Gonzales (1/3/2013 at 12:04 PM)
I have worked in the academic setting for 18yrs. Every year at the end of senior residency, multiple items turn up "missing", even a hard drive from a hospital computer. Can we prosecute them as well, please.

Terri (12/29/2012 at 7:14 PM)
It simply boils down to a matter of trust. She stole the scrubs and it is a tell all to her overall character.