Her professor and clinical adviser accuse Stickney of stealing the scrubs and lying about it.
Stickney argues that she didn't steal the scrubs and that it was all a misunderstanding. She also argues that the "punishment does not fit the crime," the Monitor reports.
But to Stickney's clinical advisor, Karen Tetreault, the issue is about more than scrubs; it's about honesty and ethics.
"I...questioned that if she chose to lie about scrubs would she also lie about a med error or other patient incident," Tetreault wrote, according to the Monitor.
I obviously don't know whether Stickney—who the Concord Monitor reports had the scrubs stuffed in her jacket and took them after Tetreault told her not to—actually intended to steal the scrubs or whether she lied about it.
But this isn't really about a pair of $20 scrubs. It's about lying and stealing and what kind of a person a nurse is expected to be.