FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A nursing assistant is accused of stealing pain patches from patients at a Fergus Falls nursing home.

Prosecutors say Heidi Ann Soland of Elizabeth took the patches off residents at the Broen Memorial Home while she worked there as a nursing assistant beginning in September 2010. A criminal complaint says other staff members began noticing that when a new patch was applied to a patient, the old one was missing.

KBRF reports Soland is charged with five felonies and four gross misdemeanor charges. A court appearance in Otter Tail County is scheduled April 25.

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Comments (13)
  1. JamieinMN says:

    Seriously, WHY keep doing it?!?!?! You know you’re going to get caught…….uh stupidity at it’s finest.

    1. S&MAN says:


      Odds are the reason she kept doing it was probably due to the fact that she was addicted. No, it’s not an excuse and it does not make right the fact that she committed a crime. Unfortunately, addiction is a VERY, VERY powerful thing. Unless you have been addicted yourself, it can be hard to understand. Getting caught does not enter into one’s mind…getting your next “high” is all that matters. I’m not defending her or her actions, rather trying to come up with a reason as to why she kept doing it. She may also kept doing it to avoid going into withdrawal. Withdrawal from opiates is pure hell, and people who are using will do basically ANYTHING to avoid it.

      I hope she takes responsibility for her actions and eventually gets the help she needs.

  2. Victim Du Jour says:

    Would it have been better to tell everyone in a memo or company meeting that old patches must be turned into a supervisor?

    Sounds like a set-up to me. Nursing Assistants tend to be younger and more attractive, and it bothers the older, bigger Nurses.

  3. Ed says:

    But kill someone with a car while texting and it’s only a misdemeanor.

  4. Blue says:

    What is she doing? Is she reusing those old patches? That seems nasty….

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    Two Albert Lee Nurses got Gross Misdmeanors for sexually abusing old people.

    Minnesota is really big on ruining peoples lives permanently, like everyone has to be a perfect Mistake free robot.

    1. Jessica says:

      NO, you just hear about MN news, dum dum. There’s plenty that’s broadcasted in other states. It seems the only way to keep people from doing stuff like this – by seeing their name on the news. If someone decides that they like the feeling of a drug too much and takes narcotics when they don’t need it, then they deserve to be caught. You wouldn’t believe the number of people addicted to narcotics – thanks to some really irresponsible doctors. I worked with a doctor that patients would request because he gave them narcotics for a bruised finger. Unbelievable, and yes, he’s still practicing.

  6. MG says:

    When people are ill and suffer great pain [or a love one suffers greatly] they become desparate. Maybe she could not get RX for pain [this does happen] or could not afford it. Sympathy people. This does not mean she should go unpunished but at least she was taking used pads and not denying a suffering patient their pain meds as that other nurse a couple of months ago.

    1. Jessica says:

      MG, She did make those patients suffer. She took the pain patch from the patient so they would no longer have pain control and probably sucked on it or put it on herself. Yes, this is what druggies do. This woman wasn’t thinking of anyone else. It’s doubtful she was in a great deal of pain and couldn’t afford it, narcotics are cheap. She just wanted to keep her drug habit going and this was a way for her to do that. You must be really naive.

      1. S&MAN says:

        Yes, that IS what druggies do. Unfortunately, addiction is an extremely powerful thing. I’m in NO way defending her actions, but unless you have been addicted yourself, it can be very hard to understand what an addict goes through. Addiction makes people do very, very irrational things. Things they would never dream of doing while sober.

        I played hockey through college, and had to get both of my shoulders reconstructed. I became addicted to the painkillers. I had a WONDERFUL job and a great home. I lost it all as a result. This from a guy who has NEVER even tried smoking, and if you asked anyone who knows me, would say that I was more than the least likely person they ever would have thought would be addicted to ANY drug. It can happen to anyone. I’m clean and sober now and have been for nearly 8 years, but even seeing a bottle of pills can still make my cravings come back.

        She needs to take responsibility for her actions and hopefully find the help she desperately needs. The good news is Minnesota is chalk full of great drug rehab centers. I hope it works out for the best. gigg

  7. MichellefromMadison says:

    Eligible for the death penalty?

  8. Victim Du Jour says:

    They should have warned her and then made sure she turned in the used patches in the future.

    People who think this deserves a felony court hearing are ditzy.

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