Nurse’s actions ‘could have caused harm’

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A stroke unit nurse has been struck off after admitting multiple charges of dishonesty and misconduct.

Irene Rose, who was a staff nurse on Ward 21 at the Royal Preston Hospital, admitted incorrectly recording six blood glucose readings during two different shifts.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) held a hearing in London after being informed about concerns by hospital bosses.

Ms Rose did not attend but did admit the charges, which were:

• On January 6, 2012, she incorrectly recorded a blood glucose reading in the monitoring book and the insulin prescription chart for either patient A or patient G;

•Incorrectly recorded a blood glucose reading in 
patient H’s nursing kardex on the same day;

• During a night shift on January 9 and 10, 2012, she incorrectly recorded blood glucose readings in patient A’s monitoring book, insulin prescription chart and kardex.

• And, she incorrectly recorded blood glucoses reading in patient B’s insulin prescription chart, blood glucose monitoring form and kardex during the same shift.

The hearing concluded: “The panel noted that Mrs Rose has retired after an unblemished career in nursing spanning 30 years. Due to her decision to retire, a conditions of practice order or a suspension order would not be appropriate.

“A striking off order is the only sanction which will be sufficient to protect the public interest.

“There was a serious departure from the Code including breaches of the fundamental tenets of the profession.

“Mrs Rose’s failings could have foreseeably caused serious harm to patients in her care. The seriousness of this case is incompatible with ongoing registration.

“A striking off order is required not only to protect the public, but also required to sustain public confidence in the professions and the NMC.

“It is also necessary for the protection of the public and otherwise in the public interest for there to be an interim suspension order of 18 months to cover the appeal period.”