Case study

Aged care nurse verbally abuses patients, then claims unfair dismissal

An employer reported a complaint that one of their nurses failed to form therapeutic relationships and demonstrated poor professional standards. At the time of the complaint, EN Beth was in her late 50’s and had first registered as a nurse in 2014. Her employer alleged...

Aged care nurse's aggressive behaviour leads to conditions for practice

RN Harriett was 45, originally from Southeast Asia, and had lived in Australia since 2004. She had completed a two week placement at an aged care facility and elder abuse education when undertaking her degree. Whilst at university, she worked as a catering assistant...

Performance complaint about aged care nurse reveals health impairment

The Council received a complaint about RN Sarah’s performance from her community health services employer. Sarah was 55 and had been registered as a nurse since the 1980’s. She had worked in various settings including acute care, aged care and justice health. She had...

Tribunal decision highlights lessons for all nurses

Trigger warning: This article discusses mental health and suicide, which some readers may find distressing. If you are experiencing distress, please contact Nurse & Midwife Support 24/7 on 1800 667 877 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 for confidential help. The Patient You...

Tribunal decision highlights lessons for all nurses

Trigger warning: This article discusses mental health and suicide, which some readers may find distressing. If you are experiencing distress, please contact Nurse & Midwife Support 24/7 on 1800 667 877 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 for confidential help. The Patient You...

Case study: Two deaths when standards not upheld

From Annmaree Nicholls, Professional Officer This is one of the saddest cases I’ve ever witnessed. A nurse had been occasionally showing up to work clearly under the influence of alcohol. She had a turbulent home life and abusive marriage. She was beloved by her...

Case study: A nurse's struggle with drugs

Sarah came to the attention of the Council after a complaint was received from her employer. The complaint alleged that a box of benzodiazepines for injection was unaccounted for at the end of her shift in the hospital. Sarah after being pulled over by the police was...

Answers page - Test your knowledge: New codes of conduct

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia released the new Code of conduct for nurses and Code of conduct for midwives on 1 March 2018. With annual registration for nurses and midwifes due by 31 March, the Nursing and Midwifery Council thought this would be a good...

New Codes of conduct released 1 March - Test your knowledge

On March 1 the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia released the new Code of conduct for nurses and the new Code of conduct for midwives . Both codes set out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all midwives and nurses, in all...

Effective Communications

The Council received a notification in relation to a patient who presented at an Emergency Unit with a loss of vision and an unrelenting headache. The patient first presented at changeover time and was assigned a nurse. The assigned nurse did not provide the patient...

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