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July 02, 2014

TYLER: PATIENTS LEFT IN THEIR OWN URINE AT HORROR HOME

FRIMLEY A bullying care home boss neglected patients so badly that her replacement 'could have cried' when she saw their appalling condition, a tribunal heard today. Andrena Tyler left residents soaked in their own urine and layered one incontinence pad on top of another because she could not be bothered to change them, it is claimed Mary Quinn, the nurse sent to replace Tyler after she was suspended, told a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel she found one resident with sores all down her legs. She said: 'I could have cried when I saw her, it looked like she had been scalded where she had urine burns. 'I asked what was being done, and staff told me nothing was being done.'
  July 02, 2014

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DAVIES:LESBIAN NURSE AND LOVER FLEECED PENSIONER OUT OF £750,000

ST ALBANS, HERTS A lesbian nurse and her girlfriend fleeced a reclusive pensioner out of £750,000 and blew the cash on cars, holidays and handbags, a tribunal heard. Kerry Davies, 40, and her care assistant partner Celia Brinkley, 45, befriended Anthony Hornett after they responded to his advert looking for tenants in 2009. Wealthy Mr Hornett, 80, lived alone and had no visitors or contact from relatives, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. The couple agreed to leave their jobs at St Albans City Hospital to care for Mr Hornett for £2,000 a month each, despite Davies only visiting him once a week.
 
July 01, 2014

MUIR: NURSING LEVELS AT HOSPITAL PUT PATIENTS LIVES ON THE LINE

DORCHESTER Low staff levels at a Dorset hospital were putting patients at risk when a nurse failed to record the treatment of a man who later died from a massive heart attack, a tribunal heard. Rachel Muir allegedly failed to repeat observations on the patient in the hours leading up to his death on 26 May 2012 at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. Muir was just one of two nurses in charge of 32 seriously ill patients on the ward, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. There should have been at least three nurses on the ward and that Muir had previously requested a transfer from the ward.
  July 01, 2014

CAREN:NURSE SHOVED MRSA SWAB DOWN DEMENTIA SUFFERER'S THROAT

ORMSKIRK, LANCS A nurse shoved an MRSA swab so far down an elderly dementia sufferer's throat she struggled to breathe, a tribunal heard today (tues). Andrew Caren asked colleagues to help restrain the distressed lady while he gripped her head at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital, Lancashire. The woman, referred to as patient D, was left visibly upset after the incident on 5 May 2012, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Caren has admitted the swab charge and administering Hartmanns solution - used to replace body fluid and mineral salts - to another patient on 2 October 2011 when it was not prescribed.
 
July 01, 2014

PLANK: NURSE GAVE OUT DRUGS TO HERSELF AND FRIENDS

WARMINSTER A corner-cutting nurse printed out scores of bogus prescriptions for herself and her pals, a tribunal heard. Julie Plank is accused of dishing out thousands of tablets without authorisation from a doctor at the Avenue Surgery Practice, Warminster, Wiltshire. She is alleged to have had access to her own clinical records and obtained medicine for herself, patients and friends between April 2008 and April 2012. Plank is said to have embarked on a spree of self-service because it was 'cheap' and 'convenient'.
  July 01, 2014

MCKIE: NURSE DID NOT CONFISCATE DRUGS STASH

CARLISLE A mental health nurse failed to take away a suicidal patient's stash of powerful painkillers before she killed herself, a tribunal heard. Audrey McKie, a care coordinator at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was responsible for monitoring the vulnerable woman in the days before her death. McKie did not follow the psychiatrist's recommendation to remove the woman's store of medication and switch to daily dispensing instead of weekly, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. A few days later the patient died of an overdose of co-codamol, even though she had told her psychiatrist she was hoarding her painkillers and was having suicidal thoughts.
 
July 01, 2014

SMITHURST: BAN FOR PATIENT WHO CALLED PATIENT A 'PRICK'

LIVERPOOL A nurse who tussled with a frail patient and called him 'prick' when he refused to wear his oxygen mask was suspended for 12 months. Joseph Smithurst threatened to 'do' the man for assault after he swung a punch at the nurse on Clarence Ward at Stoddard House in Liverpool. The patient was sitting in an armchair with his oxygen machine behind him, gripping the tube in his hand to stop the flow of oxygen on 31 March 2012. He was under 15 minute observation because he regularly refused to wear his oxygen mask.
  June 30, 2014

OCHULOR: TEMPER TANTRUM NURSE GIVEN CAUTION

NEWHAM A nurse who lost her temper and shouted at her manager when her handbag went missing during a night shift has been let off with a warning. Stella Ochulor yelled 'Why am I here?' in front of patients before storming out of the emergency department at Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, east London. Ochulor also regularly slept on duty and once had to be shaken awake by another member of staff. The Nursing and Midwifery Council decided to give Ochulor a caution order which will remain on her record for five years.
 
June 30, 2014

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LAYNE:NURSE FAILED TO DISCLOSE CRIMINAL PAST

PAR, CORNWALL A care home nurse who failed to disclose past convictions for burglary and growing cannabis when he applied for a job has been suspended for 12 months. Marcus Layne also turned up for work smelling of booze and made a series of blunders while on duty at the Elmsleigh Care Home in Par, Cornwall. Previously known as Keith Newman, he changed his name by deed poll to Marcus Layne before opting for a career in nursing in the Nineties. But the former roofer failed to tell his employers about his previous identity, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
  June 30, 2014

BROWN:CAUTION FOR NURSE WHO SAID PATIENTS WERE RUDE AND SELFISH

CHERTSEY, SURREY A nurse who claimed his patients were rude and selfish has been let off with a two-year caution. Jerome Brown posted comments on the Nursing Times website and criticised the Ashford & St Peters Hospital NHS Trust where he worked in Chertsey, Surrey. One of the comments read: 'Their relatives are ignorant and by-and-large awful.' Another said: 'The so-called caring families are out to get what they can. If you want to catch them out ask the following questions.'
 
June 27, 2014

GWIRIRI:NURSE CLAIMS PATIENTS WILL MISS HER IF SHE'S BANNED

SHREWSBURY, SHROPSHIRE A nurse accused of failing to conduct a risk assessment for an elderly stroke victim who died after twice falling out of bed claimed her patients would miss her if she was banned. Memory Gwiriri was working at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shropshire when the 88-year-old man was found on the floor on 7 March 2011. Instead of conducting a full assessment and rearranging the safety rails, Gwiriri simply put the patient under the covers, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Gwiriri is also accused of not taking proper care of the man when she knew he was incontinent and prioritising a drug round over his needs.
  June 27, 2014

LAGAH-BONA: NURSE ACCUSED OF FORCE-FEEDING DYING WOMAN CLAIMS SHE WAS DOING HER DUTY

HEATHFIELD, EAST SUSSEX A nurse accused of force-feeding a dying resident wept as she insisted it was her duty to take decisive action. Sarah Lagah-Bona said if she had not administered the nutrional drink at Heffle Court Care Home, Heathfield, East Sussex, the elderly patient would have coughed to death. She is alleged to have forcibly restrained the 90-year-old resident in her bed and rammed a syringe full of Ensure into her mouth on 24 January 2012. But Lagah-Bona branded the allegation a 'bold and big lie' at the Nursing and Midwifery Council in central London.

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