MADISON (WKOW) -- A former Dean Clinic nurse whose practices led to the possibility of infection for over 2,000 patients was reprimanded by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.
State documents show nurse Stacey M. Anderson admitted allowing diabetic patients to use pen devices on themselves during demonstrations, even though the devices are designed to be used on objects such as oranges and were marked, "not for human use."
Documents also show Anderson used pen devices on more than one patient. Records show Anderson replaced needles and cleaned the pens between uses.
Dean Clinic contacted more than 2,300 patients to warn them of the slight risk of contracting infectious diseases, including HIV. Clinic officials said Anderson's improper practices spanned five years.
Earlier this year, a former Dean patient with hepatitis-C filed a lawsuit against Dean.
In disciplinary documents, officials said Anderson maintained "she was trained to conduct" insulin administration demonstration in the manner in which she did.
Anderson was first licensed in 1999. Dean spokesperson Kim Sveum said Anderson received no training from Dean that would have included improper techniques.
Anderson's nursing license lapsed two months ago.
The disciplinary order requires special supervision for two years if Anderson resumes her nursing career.
A nursing board member, who would only speak to 27 News on the condition of anonymity, said Anderson had a clean record, and did nothing to put patients at risk intentionally. The board member told 27 News a first license infraction usually involves only an administrative warning, not a reprimand.
Anderson's listed address for the purposes of state licensure was her attorney's Madison office building. 27 News could not reach Anderson for comment.
As recently as October 2010, Anderson was regarded highly enough to serve as an advertised panelist from Dean at a conference with multi-state attendance on issues of diabetes and vision.
Click here to view the state order involving Anderson.
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