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Board votes to suspend Indiana nurse’s license following three meth incidents

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Mug shot of Kaey Barnard

4 Fast Facts

  • Kasey Barnard received her nursing license in February 215.
  • Two months later, Barnard tested positive for meth during a drug screen; she was fired from Reid Hospital.
  • In November, she was arrested and charged with visiting a common nuisance.
  • In February she tested positive for meth once again during a drug screen.

RUSHVILLE, Ind. – A registered nurse who worked in Indiana had her license suspended following three separate meth incidents.

Kasey Barnard, 27, of Rushville, received her RN license in February 2015. She was hired as an RN at Reid in March 2015. Just one month later on April 11, 2015, she was observed nodding off at work.

The following week she took a drug test, and the test returned positive for amphetamines and methamphetamine, according to the Indiana State Board of Nursing. She allegedly did not respond to messages from the Human resource specialist following the failed drug test, and she was fired in May.

On November 6, 2015 she was visiting an apartment in Henry County when police conducted a raid. During the raid they seized 34 grams of meth, nine tablets of pain killers, a digital scale, and drug paraphernalia. Barnard allegedly told police that she purchased meth from the apartment around 20 times, and she was smoking meth before police arrived. She was arrested and charged with visiting a common nuisance.

On November 28, Barnard renewed her nursing license.

In February 2016, she was hired as a nurse at Especially Kidz Health & Rehab in Shelbyville, Indiana, but less than two weeks later she was fired for allegedly stealing an entire box of insulin safety syringes.

On February 15, 2016, her random drug screen returned positive for amphetamines and methamphetamine.

Recently, the state nursing board voted 5-0 to suspend Barnard’s license. The board wrote that Barnard “poses a threat of harm to the public if allowed to continue to practice, which constitutes a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety.

A trial for her common nuisance charge in Henry County Circuit Court is scheduled for August.

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