The state Department of Health took the following actions regarding Pierce County health care providers in October.
The Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Jolene E. Johnson with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Johnson diverted a patient’s medication for her own use and admitted she went to the hospital for her addiction to pain pills.
The Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the credential of chemical dependency professional trainee Robin Lee Mauritzen Sehmel and placed it on probation for the duration of her substance abuse monitoring program. She was convicted of seven misdemeanors and 12 gross misdemeanors between 1987 and 2009. She also was convicted of felony possession of methamphetamine in 2005.
The Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Rissa N. Tauave with unprofessional conduct. The Department of Social and Health Services found that Tauave physically abused a resident at the facility where she worked. Tauave can’t be employed in a position that allows unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
For information about health care providers statewide, go to www.doh.wa.gov and click “Provider Credential Search” on the left side of the page. The information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. People who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.