Fargo nurse suspended after being charged with burglary


MOORHEAD — A Sanford Medical Center nurse has been suspended after being charged with stealing prescription drugs from a home in Moorhead.

Lisa A. Skalicky, 45, of Fargo, is charged with one felony count of second-degree burglary, Clay County District Court records show.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, a Sanford Medical Center spokesperson said Skalicky has been suspended from her position at the hospital.

As of late Tuesday, she was still a registered nurse with an active license, according to the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

On Aug. 30, Moorhead police were dispatched to a residence in Moorhead for a report of pain medication stolen from the house.

The victim told police he installed a surveillance device after he suspected someone was taking his hydrocodone medication because he would run out of the pills before the refill date even though he took the medication as prescribed, court records show.

The device captured images of a female in nursing attire inside the house when it was unoccupied by the residents, court records stated. The victim said he knew the female as Skalicky and he said he and his wife have been friends with Skalicky for about 25 years, court records show.

The victim replaced his hydrocodone with acetaminophen as a precaution and noticed approximately 15 pills were missing, court records show.

The victim's wife asked Skalicky why she was in their home and Skalicky said she entered into the house through an unlocked door in the garage, court documents stated.

Skalicky said she entered the residence on several occasions and took hydrocodone, but denied taking any other prescriptions, court records show.

Skalicky won a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in 2017. The award is given annually across the U.S. by the DAISY Foundation in recognition of nurses and their work.

Stacey Pfenning, North Dakota Board of Nursing executive director, said any nurse charged with a crime goes through due process and the resulting conviction determines the course of action taken regarding their nursing license.

Pfenning said in misdemeanor convictions, the Board of Nursing looks at whether a nurse's actions affected their work. A felony conviction can result in the a license being suspended, she said.

Attempts to reach Skalicky and her lawyer were unsuccessful.