Former Fentress County nurse charged with unlawfully performing medical procedures

JAMESTOWN (WATE) – A former Fentress County nurse has been arrested and accused of performing medical procedures without the direction of a licensed physician.

James Cory Taylor, 36, faces charges of reckless endangerment, unlawful dispersing of a legend drug, unlawful practice of medicine and theft under $500.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Taylor in May at the request of then-Eighth District Attorney General Lori Phillips Jones.

The TBI says on May 11, Randall Taylor became ill and fell into a semiconscious state while at James Taylor’s home.

James Taylor was a licensed practical nurse at Jamestown Regional Medical Center at the time. Officials say he started a saline IV drip and gave Randall Taylor a prescription medication.

During their investigation, TBI agents discovered the IV needle and saline were stolen from the hospital and the medication had been prescribed to James Taylor on a personal visit to the emergency room.

The TBI says the IV drip was performed without the victim’s consent and without the direction of licensed physician.

A grand jury returned an indictment against James Taylor Thursday. He was arrested that afternoon at his home in Jamestown and booked into the Fentress County Jail on $2,000 bond.

He has resigned from Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

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