A former University Hospital nurse was given probation after pleading guilty in July to two counts of attempting to make a fraudulent narcotics report.

Third District Judge Ronald Nehring sentenced Sandra L. Venturino, 43, Aug. 27 to two zero-to-five-year terms at the Utah State Prison but suspended the sentence in lieu of three years of probation and a $1,000 fine.Venturino had been charged with eight counts of making a fraudulent narcotics report, a second-degree felony, but prosecutors reduced the charges in exchange for her plea to the two third-degree felonies.

According to the charging documents, from January 1997 to March 1998, Venturino reported administering various doses of morphine and other painkillers to patients. However, more than 230 mgof morphine that Venturino reported administering were unaccounted for during the 15-month period.

Records show that the patients Venturino said she was administering the drugs to were either not scheduled to receive the medicine or said they did not receive the drugs, the charges state.

During the sentencing, Venturino's lawyer discussed the chance for Venturino to refile for her nursing license at a later time. But prosecutors "strongly disagreed with the request," according to court records.

The court will likely decide the issue when Venturino completes probation.