School nurse who had sex with student denied license reinstatement

The Iowa Board of Nursing has refused to reinstate the license of a school nurse convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

According to court records, Angela Beik de Marion was found guilty of sexual exploitation by a school employee in 2019 and was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, pay a $625 fine and s register as a sex offender.

Beik was the Linn-Mar High School nurse in Marion and also worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. In 2018, police learned that Beik allegedly told co-workers at St. Luke’s that she had consensual sex with the boy. Colleagues reported the conversation to officials.

According to the council, Beik befriended the high school freshman, drove him around, helped him apply for jobs, helped him with his homework and took him at the church. On March 17, 2018, she went out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, reportedly got very drunk, and took an Ambien pill the next morning. That same morning, the college student sent her a Snapchat message that included a photo of his genitals. She drove to the student’s house, the two had sex, then she drove to St. Luke and asked for a “morning after pill”.

According to counsel, Beik argues that the sex was not consensual and that the student raped her. The board denied Beik’s request for the reinstatement of her nursing license, saying it was concerned that she still did not fully understand professional boundaries and did not take responsibility for her actions.

The council noted that she still had 30 days of her prison sentence to serve – the sentence was suspended due to the pandemic – and that she had up to 10 years of criminal probation to serve while remaining enrolled in the sex offender registry.

Other Iowans recently disciplined by the board include:

Garner’s Deanna Kristen Smith, who worked at an unspecified nursing home last year as the facility’s senior instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. In January 2021, Smith reportedly signed documents indicating that two caregivers had taken and successfully completed CPR courses, although neither had taken the course. Smith then submitted a billing statement to the facility requesting payment for the instruction of the two workers, according to the board. Smith was ordered to pay a $200 fine and attend a one-day virtual training session on medical ethics.

Jason Penner of Independence received a warning from council for committing an act which may harm the health and well-being of a patient. He was charged with physically striking a combative hospital patient on July 4, 2021.

Webster City’s Tera Reyes had her nursing license put on probation for 18 months. The council alleged that in February 2021, she gave birth to a child who had marijuana and methamphetamine in her system. The council also alleged that it had received information about Reyes indicating that she suffered from a substance abuse disorder.

Carol Laird of Des Moines received a warning for committing an act likely to harm the health and well-being of a patient. In August 2021, she reportedly administered a COVID-19 vaccine to a 10-year-old child. The vaccine was given at a time when it had not been approved for use in patients of this age.

Samantha Hays of Creston surrendered her license to the council after being charged with a substance abuse disorder. After agreeing last March to abstain from all mind-altering drugs and alcohol, she reportedly relapsed and started using methamphetamine and alcohol. Hays can apply to have their license reinstated after one year, provided certain conditions are met.

Humboldt’s Stacey Lanam surrendered her license to the council after being charged with a substance abuse disorder. After agreeing last February to abstain from all mind-altering drugs and alcohol, she reportedly failed several chemical screenings and also tested positive for alcohol, hydrocodone and tramadol. Lanam can apply for reinstatement of his license after one year, provided certain conditions are met.

Milton S. Rodgers