Nurse gets probation, jail for stealing hospital painkillers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A woman has been given probation and 87 days in jail for stealing painkillers when she worked at a Lincoln hospital.

Lancaster County District Court records say 31-year-old Krista Morgan was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $1,000 at a hearing Tuesday. She'd pleaded guilty to intentionally violating narcotic drug law.

Prosecutors say she stole several bottles of fentanyl citrate from Bryan Health's West Campus hospital while working there as a nurse. Fentanyl citrate is an opioid painkiller.

A January inventory check showed the bottles were missing. She's no longer employed at the hospital.