COQUILLE — A North Bend nurse pleaded guilty on Monday to unlawfully possessing her elderly patients’ Oxycontin.
Michelle Marie Dieckman, 43, appeared in court for 23 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, a Class C felony in Oregon. She pleaded guilty to two of the counts.
Each count involved a different patient.
Dieckman worked at Baycrest Village, a senior living center in North Bend.
“It’s just horrible” to think that a caregiver would steal a patient’s medication, said Sarah Lundstet, Coos County assistant district attorney.
Dieckman voluntarily surrendered her nursing license to the Oregon State Board of Nursing in July 2012.
Dieckman denied that the Oxycontin was for her personal use. She said her patients had extra pills, and she intended to discard them. She took the pills between 2011 and early 2012.
Dieckman requested that she not be sentenced until her new job at Xerox runs out in a few months. Judge Michael J. Gillespie denied that motion.
“You don’t even know what your problem is,” Gillespie said. “You better figure it out.”
She will be sentenced May 20.