Nursing Board summarily suspends Colorado Springs nurse

DENVER (March 29, 2016) - On March 29, 2016 the Colorado State Board of Nursing summarily suspended Colorado Springs nurse Tasha Gruber, meaning she may not practice pending proceedings to determine if further discipline is warranted.

Ms. Gruber was employed at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs when she was observed slurring her words while on duty on February 28, 2016.  A drug screen conducted on March 2 was positive for morphine, amphetamine, D-Meth, L-Meth and Methamphetamine.  Ms. Gruber did not have a prescription for morphine or amphetamine and admitted to using illicit controlled substances.  

It is unlawful for a nurse to excessively use or abuse alcohol, habit-forming drugs, controlled substances or other drugs having a similar effects. The summary suspension states that the Board finds Ms. Gruber is guilty of deliberate and willful violation of the Nurse Practice Act, the state law regulating nurses, and/or the public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.

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