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'Nasty' Nurse Gave Out Unchecked Pills

'Nasty' Nurse Gave  Out Unchecked Pills

The Sentinal

March 11, 2009

A Bungling agency nurse who was caught sleeping on the shift was “nasty” to colleagues, a disciplinary hearing was told.

Hilda Smith, aged 53, is accused of misconduct while working as an agency nurse for Burslem-based ANA Nursing, in several different hospitals in the area.

Smith left incontinent patients soaking wet in bed and kept dangerous medication within reach of vulnerable residents, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

Carer Dianne Lee told the panel Smith was so “nasty” to her that she agreed to falsify records for her.

Miss Lee caught Smith handing out controlled drugs to patients by herself, without checking the dosage, it was claimed.

When she confronted the agency nurse she became “nasty” and threw tablets at her, Miss Lee said.

It was the home’s policy to administer medication in pairs but Smith allegedly ignored these guidelines on the shift at Manor Way care home in Crewe.

Miss Lee arrived on August 21, 2004 to find pots of pills scattered around the dining room, the drugs trolley wide open and Smith handing out unchecked medication herself. It’s claimed Smith then made Miss Lee sign the forms to say she had double-checked them.

Miss Lee said: "There was medication left on the tables in the dining room. The trolley was left open and that was also in the dining room.

“The medication trolley should be locked and the medication kept in it.

“There would usually be one nurse giving out the medication and a carer who counts and checks that it’s the right medication.

“She had given the controlled drugs out but no-one had countersigned the form. She asked me to sign it. She wasn’t letting me count the tablets but I asked to see them. I hadn’t seen the tablets being given out so I didn’t want to sign the form.

“She got nasty about it and just threw some tablets at me and told me to count them if I didn’t trust her.

“She wasn’t pleased. She just carried on at me, getting nasty, so yes I did sign the forms.”

Smith, who first started work as an agency nurse in July 2004, made repeated mistakes over 18 months at various homes around the county, it is said.

She risks being thrown out of the profession if found guilty of misconduct.

Smith, whose address is given as Longton, is not attending the hearing.

The hearing in continues.

© YellowBrix 2009

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