The state Department of Health has charged a Pierce County nurse’s assistant with unprofessional conduct after she was convicted of assault and theft.
Michelle Punches has 20 days to respond to the charges in writing. Her license to practice is invalid until a disciplinary agreement is reached. She was issued a nursing assistant credential in May 2008.
Punches was arrested in May 2011 for allegedly shoplifting at a Tacoma grocery store. She reportedly told the officers transporting her to jail that she periodically used methamphetamine.
She was arrested again in July 2011 after stealing items from a Puyallup store. When a clerk tried to stop Punches from escaping, Punches tried to wriggle free and elbowed the clerk in the stomach several times.
Punches was convicted of third-degree assault and first-degree theft earlier this year in connection with the incident.
Following her conviction, the state sent her a letter charging her with unprofessional conduct.