Chico Registered Nurse Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Registered nurse Allison Joann Guster, of Chico, was sentenced last week to two years in state prison after pleading no contest to one felony count of causing abuse likely to result in the death of an elderly patient.

Guster was ordered to turn herself into the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on May 14, 2018, and was also ordered to pay over $11,000 in restitution to the victim’s family. Her license to practice as a registered nurse had been restricted by the California Board of Registered Nursing during the duration of her criminal case.

Guster was a night-shift nurse, assigned to care for a patient recovering from surgery. After the patient was found dead in her room early the next morning, Guster made false entries in the patient’s medical record to indicate that she had been monitoring the patient throughout the night. Video surveillance showed that Guster had not been in the patient’s room for over six hours.

The case was investigated by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit – Sacramento Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation and prosecuted by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.

In 2017, the Board of Registered Nursing obtained a court order forbidding Guster from practicing any duties of a registered nurse and will now review the case to determine appropriate disciplinary action against her license.

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