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August 14, 2014

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VAN DER WALT: PUNISHMENT AWAITS SEX BOAST NURSE

CAMBRIDGE A nurse who boasted of seducing a junior doctor at a swimming pool in front of patients could be facing the end of her career. Elsa Van der Walt regularly bragged about her sex life to patients and colleagues on the specialist eating disorder unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridgeshire. Van der Walt claimed there was a culture of 'girly banter' and said explicit chat about male staff was the norm at the world famous heart hospital. But a Nursing and Midwifery Council fitness to practice panel announced they found Van der Walt had breached professional boundaries.
  August 14, 2014

DEVINE:NURSE SHOUTED 'COME ON THEN' AT ELDERLY RESIDENT

SELBY, NORTH YORKS A nurse clenched his fists at elderly resident and shouted: 'Come on then,' a tribunal heard. James Devine yelled at the frail woman to 'sit down' several times when he was working at the Mansion House Nursing Home, Selby, North Yorkshire. On one occasion the dozy nurse ordered her back into her seat after she woke him up while he was sleeping on duty, it is claimed. Devine also inappropriately used syringes to administer medication to the resident and turned up to work smelling of whisky, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
 
August 13, 2014

OGUNMOYO: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WORKED AS A NURSE FOR TEN YEARS

CROYDON A illegal immigrant nurse who worked as a nurse for ten years has escaped punishment. Clement Ogunmoyo flew in from Nigeria on a forged passport given to him by a friend in 2002 and worked illegally for different care homes. Ogunmoyo claimed he had absolutely no idea the documents were bogus and worked for five years at Thackeray House Care Home, Croydon, London. During initial investigations Ogunmoyo admitted knowing the passport was a fake, but then told the Nursing and Midwifery Council he did not think it was after all.
  August 12, 2014

WHITFIELD:ELDERLY PATIENT SUCKED ON SYRINGE LIKE LOLLIPOP

DURHAM A bungling nurse left a used syringe in a communal area which an elderly patient then sucked on 'like a lollipop', a tribunal heard today (tues). Sandra Whitfield allegedly left medical equipment including a dirty feeding tube lying around on a table at Parklands Residential Home, Crook, Durham. Whitfield also abandoned a pair of scissors in a toilet on 24 July last year, it is said. One resident on the challenging behaviour unit began sucking on the used feeding syringe as if it was a 'lollipop,' the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
 
August 12, 2014

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DZVENGWE: MS SUFFERER DENIED LAVATORY FACILITIES

LEICESTER A nurse refused to let an elderly MS sufferer use the toilet and then abandoned her in the cold for hours, a tribunal heard. Shylet Dzvengwe was employed by the Care Agency in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, to provide live-in care for the pensioner, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Resident A, now 75, has suffered from the debilitating neurological condition for 35 years and required 24 hour assistance to help her move, take medication and go to the bathroom. At around 3:30am on December 26, 2011, Resident A woke up to take her tablets and asked to go to the toilet. But Dzvengwe allegedly told her she did not need to go and said 'Ok, I will get you up onto the commode but you will have to sit there until someone comes in the morning'.
  August 11, 2014

WELT:NURSE BRAGGED ABOUT SEX LIFE IN FRONT OF PATIENTS

CAMBRIDGE A nurse bragged about her sexual escapades with other members of staff in front of shocked patients, a tribunal heard today (mon). Elsa van der Walt regularly boasted about her sex life while on duty at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridgeshire, it is said. She also breached patient confidentiality by sharing information about eating-disorder sufferers, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told. Giving evidence former colleague Zoe Brown said she felt uncomfortable with van der Walt's behaviour at work.
 
August 11, 2014

BAN FOR NURSE WHO CLAIMED BROTHER WAS DEAD TO GET DAY OFF

LEICESTER A nurse who falsely claimed her brother had been killed while fighting for the British Army in Afghanistan to get time off work has been struck off. Gladys Taivavashe repeatedly lied to colleagues at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, East Midlands to gain short-notice annual leave. Taivavashe began her web of lies in February 2011 when she claimed her brother and father were missing in New Zealand after 185 people were killed in the massive earthquake. In July 2011 she told a ward sister she did not need to work certain shifts because she had already completed her full rota hours.
  August 11, 2014

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KOSTADINOVA:NURSE CLEARED OF CALLING CARE HOME RESIDENT VILE

HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKS A nurse has been cleared of calling an elderly care home resident a 'f-----g vile woman'. Nedyalka Kostadinova was accused of shaking the woman and shouting 'I can't f***ing stand you' during an outburst at Abbey Place Care Home, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. But Kostadinova was cleared after a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel found there was no charge to answer in respect of the woman, referred to as Resident A. Kostadinova was also accused of failing to take adequate steps after she was informed that another resident's condition was deteriorating.
 
August 08, 2014

DOHERTY: NURSE SUSPENDED OVER CARE HOME BLOCKADE

YEOVIL A nurse who bound an elderly man by the waist to a wheelchair to stop him moving around has been suspended for a year. Melanie Doherty also blockaded another resident at the La Fontana Nursing Home in Martock, Yeovil, behind desks and tables Her care of residents flew in the face of the home's policy on patient restraint, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Panel chair David Boden said: 'The panel determined that the two instances of inappropriate restraint of extremely vulnerable residents and a lack of intervention when those residents were at particular risk were very serious.
  August 07, 2014

HUDSON: NURSE SUSPENDED AFTER SHE TOLD MENTALLY ILL PATIENT PLAYING CHRISTMAS SONGS TO SHUT UP

DURHAM A nurse who told a mental health patient to shut up after he woke her up with Christmas songs was suspended for a year today (thurs). Susan Hudson also refused to accept an apology from a patient and said 'no, you’ve said it now – you need to go to your room and have some time out.' Hudson then threatened to put the resident on stricter observations at Whorlton Hall, Barnard Castle, Durham on 8 December 2012. She had shouted 'will you just shut up' to another resident who was happily singing Christmas songs, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
 
August 07, 2014

DICKER:NURSE LEFT ELDERLY RESIDENT FREEZING IN DARKENED ROOM

RINGSTEAD, NORTHANTS A care home nurse left an elderly resident freezing in a darkened lounge after she refused to go to bed, a tribunal heard today (thurs). Ann Dicker acted after the frail resident, in her late nineties, insisted on watching TV at Five Gables Nursing Home, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, it is alleged. Following an argument, the healthcare worker opened all the windows and doors and switched off the lights, leaving the lady to freeze in October 2012, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. When Dicker returned to find colleagues decided to shut the windows, she flew into a fit of rage, it was claimed.
  August 07, 2014

GRANGER: NURSE SUSPENDED AFTER GUZZLING POWERFUL PAINKILLERS AS SHE PREPARED PATIENTS FOR SURGERY

BLACKHEATH, SOUTH-EAST LONDON A nurse who guzzled powerful painkillers as she prepared patients for the operating theatre was suspended for a year today (thurs). Susan Granger removed at least 10 tablets from the BMI Blackheath Hospital, southeast London, and continued to work under the influence of the powerful opioid. The staff nurse was caught red-handed after suspicious colleagues noticed large numbers of pills were being supplied to her ward between September and October 2012. Granger was even spotted slipping a packet of pills into her pocket, becoming 'agitated' and 'distressed' after she was confronted, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

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