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September 01, 2014

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POTTS: NURSE KNEED ELDERLY PATIENT IN THE BACK TO GIVE HIM AN INJECTION

MIDDLESBROUGH A nurse kneed an elderly patient in the back in order to give him an injection, a tribunal heard today (MON). Michael Potts allegedly used the 'non-approved' technique while on duty at the Roseberry Park mental health facility in Middlesbrough. The tribunal heard the 72-year patient had started refusing his oral medication, and staff on the Linnet Ward had decided to administer the drugs via injection. Potts was leading a team of four male nurses and nursing assistants at the time of the incident on 22 January 2013, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
  September 01, 2014

MACKENZIE:CANCER NURSE PULLED OUT AT JUNCTION AND KILLED BIKER

GUILDFORD, SURREY A cancer nurse who pulled out at a junction and caused the death of a biker could face being struck off today (mon). Ajay Mackenzie, 40, failed to spot Joanna McDonald when she turned into Aldershot Road, Guildford on July 11 last year. Mrs McDonald, 53, died at the scene after colliding with Mackenzie's vehicle at 29 mile-per-hour crash. According to a witness, Mackenzie appeared to be having a conversation on her hands-free system at the time of the crash.
 
September 01, 2014

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WOOD:NURSE'S BLUNDER CONTRIBUTED TO DEATH OF BABY GIRL

BRISTOL A nurse whose 'tragic human error' contributed to the death of a baby can return to work after being cleared of misconduct. Martyn Wood entered the wrong number on a machine pumping liquid nutrients into six-day-old Maisie Waters at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The tiny girl, who had been born with a congenital heart disorder, suffered a cardiac arrest after being given a whole day's dose in just a single hour. Despite attempts to resuscitate her in the intensive care unit, Maisie died 45 minutes later on 22 August 2011.
  September 01, 2014

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MCLAUGHLIN:BAN FOR NURSE WHO HAD 'DANGEROUS' AFFAIR WITH TEEN

ILFORD, ESSEX A nurse who embarked on a 'dangerous' sexual relationship with a vulnerable teenage patient has been struck off. Mark McLaughlin first met the girl when she was 15 after she was admitted as an outpatient to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Ilford, Essex in 2006. After taking an initial assessment he commenced weekly therapy sessions with the vulnerable teenager as part of a two-year programme. The girl was 17 when she was discharged from the service in 2008 but McLaughlin, who was in his thirties at the time, kept in touch with her because it was 'good procedure'.
 
August 29, 2014

RYALLS:NURSE WHO PUT PATIENT AT RISK OF HARM CAN CARRY ON

ROTHERHAM A nurse who put a patient at risk of harm by forging a doctor's prescription so she could administer intravenous fluids can carry on working without restrictions. Valerie Ryalls gave the patient an 'overload' of Hartmann's solution, which in some cases can be fatal, at Rotherham Hospital in south Yorks. It was only when Dr Jeremy Thornley observed the patient and noted a fluid overload that further harm to the patient was prevented. The doctor then checked the prescription for Hartmann's and noticed his signature had been forged, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
  August 29, 2014

OLLIEROU:NURSE WHO SANK TEETH INTO COP'S HAND SUSPENDED

JERSEY A nurse who sank her teeth into a police officer's hand after attacking a drinker was barred from work for a year today (FRI). Lesley Ollierou was drinking with her partner and friends in the Star pub, Jersey, when she overheard an insulting comment about her. The care home nurse erupted with anger and launched into a nearby man late on 18 August 2012. After poolice were called to the pub, Ollierou bit the arresting officer's hand, drawing blood, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
 
August 29, 2014

JENNISON: NURSE ASKED PATIENT FOR SEX ON FACEBOOK

LEICESTER A nurse who propositioned a 'vulnerable' patient for gay sex on Facebook faces being struck off today (fri). Leigh Jennison bombarded the man with sexually explicit messages six months after assessing him at Bradgate Mental Health Unit, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Jennison started up a 'one-sided' conversation with the man which involved a series of lewd sexual invitations on 30 August last year, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told. The nurse had admitted his fitness to practice was impaired and now faces being booted out of the profession.
  August 28, 2014

PRICE: BRA PINGING NURSE IS STRUCK OFF

LINCOLNSHIRE A nurse who told a colleague to get 'your buttocks down here' and ordered a worker to bend over a desk has been struck off. Martin Price sexually harassed at least five female members of staff on the Laurel Ward, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. Price stroked a colleague's leg and even asked her to marry him in the presence of a visitor at the mental health unit in 2012. He also commented on the size of workers' breasts and pinged their bras repeatedly, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told. Price was dismissed by the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust on 7 May 2013 following a probe into allegations of sexual harassment towards staff members.
 
August 28, 2014

FORBES: WORK SHY NURSE IS STRUCK OFF AFTER PUTTING PATIENTS AT RISK

HULL A nurse who put disabled patients at risk by failing to turn up for work has been struck off. Janice Forbes missed two shifts at Aysgarth Unit, an inpatient hospital for people with learning disabilities, in Hull, due to booze, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. She left her colleagues in a difficult situation because there were no other nurses on duty. Forbes then refused to co-operate with an investigation at Humber Foundation Trust and ignored three letters sent by the NMC.
  August 28, 2014

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SPATHARAKIS:LET OFF FOR NURSE WHO SENT NUDE SNAPS TO OFFENDER

SWINDON A nurse who sent naked photographs of herself to a 'manipulative' sex offender during a six month affair is free to continue working without restrictions. Dawn Spatharakis fell for the patient after he invited her to coffee while she worked for the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, Swindon. The patient, referred to as Service User A, had served time in prison for possession of indecent images of children and had even assaulted a police warden while inside. Spatharakis was assigned to the man as his care co-ordinator in June 2011 and handed him her mobile number.
 
August 27, 2014

VALERIE RYALLS: DRIP FORGERY PUT PATIENT AT RISK

ROTHERHAM A nurse put a patient at serious risk of harm when she forged a doctor's prescription so she could administer intravenous fluids, a tribunal heard. Valerie Ryalls gave the patient an 'overload' of Hartmann's solution, which in some cases could be fatal, at Rotherham Hospital in south Yorks. It was only when Dr Jeremy Thornley observed the patient and noted a fluid overload that further harm to the patient was prevented. The doctor then checked the prescription for Hartmann's and noticed his signature had been forged, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told. Dr Thornley told the panel in central London that he could not have prescribed the medication to the patient because he was off duty.
  August 27, 2014

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SOPHIA TORRES: LET-OFF FOR NURSE WHO LOANED PETTY CASH

KNEBWORTH A care home manager who used a company credit card to buy herself a new mobile phone and gave petty cash loans to her family has escaped punishment because she is 'of good character.' Sophia Torres asked her employers for a loan to buy her husband a new car and pay off her mortgage repayments while working at Monread Lodge Care Home, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, it was said. She then bought herself a new mobile phone using company funds, despite being told it was not allowed. Torres would also remove petty cash from the company to give to her relatives and leave and 'IOU' in the tin, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.

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