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Nurse Struck Off For Sleeping On Duty While Working In Plymouth Care Home by Idowu Olabode : September 30, 2019, 12:45:11 PM
A nurse who was in sole care of vulnerable patients in a Plymouth city care home has been struck off after she was found to have fallen asleep on the job, missed one of them falling and failed to give another their medicine.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council held a misconduct hearing in August into the conduct of registered nurse Octavia Thembie Nkwanyana while she worked at charity care home Torr Home in The Drive, Mutley.




Panel members heard how Ms Nkwanyana's fitness to practise had been impaired by her actions and, following a 12 month long suspension order which was originally imposed on September 4, 2018, she would now be struck off the register from October 4 this year.

The panel heard how while working at Torr Home on the night shift between July 1 and July 2, 2017 the registered nurse had failed to carry out adequate checks on a patient who had fallen and had failed to "escalate" the patient's deteriorating condition. The panel noted how her failure to act had resulted in one of the patients having to be taken to hospital.

Ms Nkwanyana had also failed to escalate another patient's deteriorating condition and had failed to administer the drug Levothyroxine - used to treat an underactive thyroid gland - to a third patient.

The panel also heard how Ms Nkwanyana signed this third patient's chart claim that she had administered the drug, when she had not.

Equally shocking, the panel heard how Ms Nkwanyana was found asleep while on shift at 2.30am and 5am as well as on "one or more other occasions".

The misconduct hearing panel referred to a previous panel's findings which noted how she had made "basic failings in nursing practice placing patients at risk of harm.

They noted how Ms Nkwanyana had failed to carry out basic checks on "two fragile patients" and failed to escalate these patients when this should have been done. They noted how Ms Nkwanyana had also slept "for a significant part of the nightshift, which should not occur in any event, and is particularly concerning where she was the only nurse or medically trained staff member on that shift with vulnerable patients".

Recognising that all these serious incidents took place on a single night shift, which affected two patients "one of whom required hospitalisation as a result" the initial panel suspended Ms Nkwanyana from nursing for 12 months saying this was necessary to "mark the importance of maintaining public confidence in the profession, and to send to the public and the profession a clear message about the standard of behaviour required of a registered nurse".

Following her suspension, another panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council reviewed the order.

However, by this time Ms Nkwanyana chose not to attend the hearing or provide any further information.

The panel highlighted how it had received an email from her representative at Royal College of Nursing stating that they would no longer be representing her as she "does not wish to return to nursing".

The panel concluded that there was "no useful purpose" in suspending her for a longer period of time and that the "only sanction which would adequately protect the public and serve the public interest was a striking-off order"

Source: plymouthherald.co.uk

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